Followers of the Stationers Guild news are aware that I have high admiration for D’Arconte’s striking engraved Christmas greeting cards. Bob D’Arconte is, perhaps, the only artisan in the United States that designs and engraves his own holiday cards, invitations and fine stationery. Plainly a master of his craft, his cutting-edge designs on beautiful papers are plainly little works of art.
Over the past several years, I have been overwhelmed by demands from followers trying to get D’Arconte’s holiday greeting cards at retailers in their town. Sadly, his line of stationery and holiday cards are not well represented outside of New York City. Other than our own shop in Greenwich, CT, I know that D’Arconte’s holiday cards may be found at Gumps in San Francisco, Francis Orr in Corona del Mar (California) and Tabala Rasa in Salt Lake City.
D’Arconte stationery products are not sold on the internet. Mr. D’Arconte has been reluctant to showcase his Christmas cards on the internet because online image resolutions are very poor and it is unlikely to capture the subtleties of engraving, in particular on the brilliant white card stock he uses. This year, I got his agreement to offer 18 D’Arconte Christmas cards which may be viewed and bought online. Picture resolutions do not do justice to the intrinsic elegance of these greeting cards; however, those familiar with D’Arconte’s designs will now have an opportunity to indulge their craving for these beautiful works of art.
A word about D’Arconte’s card designs. To start with, the images don’t do his holiday cards justice. Engraved images are three-dimensional and both the bold and subtle shapes of his engraved artwork and imprinted frames are easily lost in most Online browsers. Secondly, the loss of color or shade or distinct “white space” only elevates the elegance and symmetry of his artistic designs. Viewed on a “white” Internet background, the visual impression and elegance is sadly lost. Thirdly, D’Arconte “bumps” metallic inks (primarily gold and silver) a second time to give them a rich burnished look and feel. D’Arconte’s exuberance and workmanship is – in my estimation – several steps in front of the rest of the field that appears to have difficulty finding their identity in designs and print quality that simply lacks energy.
Take a look at and purchase D’Arconte Christmas cards online or find an experienced D’Arconte dealer in your neighborhood.
Sheila P. May
Founding Member Holiday Greeting Cards