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A Charming Old Valentine...

Several years ago, while thrift store shopping (imagine that!) I found a lovely vintage framed hollyhocks oil painting.  It had some damage, but I found it so charming!  It was signed by the artist, A. H. Kater, and was inscribed on the front- "To our Valentine Marilyn Jo Kater".  The backside is signed- "To Our Valentine Marilyn Jo Kater from Grand Mother and Grand Father Kater 1937".  I actually think AH Kater is a listed artist, but I was much more attracted to the fact that it was done as a valentine to his granddaughter so long ago.  It has lovely muted tones and is such a sweet painting!  I am the caretaker for this 
special memento for now, and it hangs in our home.  


I hope you will spend Valentine's Day with those you love...
Until next time...


  1. Oh I love it! It's so charming. I just love old paintings.


  2. So very beautifull, and what a lovely story, thanks for showing.
    xo Dorthe

  3. What a lovely oil painting.
    I just love hollyhocks, and this is my favorite 'style' of painting! What a special Valentine present that was back in 1937...and still today!
    Happy Valentines Day..

  4. Beautiful old the cottage feel of hollyhocks

  5. Such a lovely painting and a very special valentine. A keeper for sure.

  6. Fabulous! I love it....Happy Valentine's Day!

    Warm blessings,

  7. very charming! love the note, Lezlee

  8. What a fun blog andetsy shop you have! Thanks for stopping by mine :)

  9. Lucky you to find such a treasure! I love that green wallpaper with the big flowers I've seen in some of your pictures. Do you know if it's still in print? And if so the name of the manufacturer? Hope your V day was great. Mimi

  10. don't you just love a great find like this...

    what a nice treasure!


  11. Yes, very charming and so lovely!!!

    Hope you had a great Valentine's ~

    :) T


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