|Peacock Garden and Love Triumphant|
It took ten years of searching high and low, but eventually I found three more. Because the original frames were in bad condition and the prints were deteriorating, I had to have them re-done, even though I was well aware that it would reduce their value.
Today they hang on the wall between the master bedroom and bathroom where I can enjoy them every day.
You can't tell from the picture, but the prints are mounted on black velvet with a brass fillet between the velvet and the print, and they're covered with a so-called non-glare glass.
|Cupid's Bower and Fountain of Love|
During my search for prints, I also looked for information about Tsanya, and the plot began to thicken. To this day I don't know with absolute certainty who she was, but there are several contenders. At first I was told that Tsanya was a pseudonym for Glad Houser, an American puzzle maker who was said to have used the prints to make her puzzles, although I've never seen any. This theory has been pretty well discredited. Next I discovered another intriguing candidate in a post by Cheryl Maltby of Queensland, Australia who said her mother Peg Maltby had lots of these prints, and told her that she'd done the originals under the pseudonym of Tsanya.
The third contender, and by far the most likely, is Marion C. Crowe (1886-1979) of Sussex, England. What's fascinating about her, is that she's supposed to have painted under both the name Tsanya and the name Mary Gold. One source says that the real identity of Mary Gold ..."was a mystery until 2002, when her personal papers, scrapbooks, copies of prints and original artwork started to appear on the market in Scotland."
As it happens, I have several Mary Gold prints too, and while there are many similarities between those works and the Tsanya prints, I see differences, making it fairly easy to distinguish them at a glance. The Tsanya pictures are more refined and detailed, and many of the people have long, angular faces. The Mary Gold pictures are simpler and most of the faces are round. This is a typical Mary Gold:
Recently I discovered that Tsanya images are readily available on line in a variety of products. You can buy an Iphone case or a coffee mug, a sweatshirt or an ornament, a mouse paid and much more. Just visit cafepress.com.
I wonder what Tsanya would have thought about all this.