Top sheet only, with lithographed border of scrolls, Cherubs, figures with wreath and lyre. Cobweb in the form of flowers, with butterfly (8.5 x 4 cm.) applied as a means to lift the spiral. The revealed image is a woman beneath a tree -- sending a letter via a fairy -- with church steeple in background, and love birds beside her.Paper is toned and some damage to cobweb.The Cobweb, also known as Beehive, Bird cage, and Flower cage, was a moveable, mechanical device where a top layer is cut into concentric circles, which may be lifted by a thread -- in this item, a butterfly -- to reveal an interior, secret image. This maker was among the earliest in America, located in Philadelphia and New York, between the years of 1835 and 1849.
1843 - 1848
The Metropolitan Museum of Art