Marsily and Christiansen

1845

Trade card for Antwerp ship chandlers Marsily and Christiansen

Rare porcelain trade card for Antwerp ship chandlers Marsily and Christiansen

DESCRIPTION: Rare porcelain trade card for Antwerp ship chandlers Marsily and Christiansen. On coated card stock. English text touts " Marine Stores of all descriptions" including:
  • Charts
  • Instruments
  • Sheathing, copper and zinc
  • Sugars
  • Gin
  • Wines for exportation
  • Assortment of fowling pieces and pistols.
  • Chain cables and anchors
The process of coating paper stock was developed in England, but was used most extensively in continental Europe, particularly Belgium. The 1840s and 1850s saw the advent of the Belgian "porcelain cards," sumptuously designed and beautifully printed trade cards whose high-gloss finish had the look of porcelain.

The firm Marsily and Christiansen was located at 1st Dock Antwerp. (Date is calculated as 20 years after the 1825 publishing date of a Norrie nautical chart where the Marsily and Christiansen seller's stamp is present.)

CREATOR: Marsily and Christiansen

PUBLICATION DATE: 1845

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Belgium

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Good.  Slightly dusty. Wide margins. Trace of adhesive remains on verso.

COLORING: Gold ink

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 5 " x 4 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 

PRICE: $140


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