ARTIST Pierre Joseph Redoute
FROM Les Liliacees
CONDITION Stipple engravings, printed in color and finished by hand.
Sheet size: 21 x 13.75 inches.
DATE Paris 1802-16
Redoute, aptly nicknamed the Raphael of Flowers is famous for perfecting the stipple engraving technique for which his Liliacees is a masterful showcase. The flowers are depicted in a remarkably natural manner. The velvet texture of the petals and the waxy green leaves are shown with brilliant detail. Redoutes talents secured for him the patronage of Napoleon and Josephine, whose financial resource gave him the luxury of producing some of the most lavish botanical illustrations ever made. Plates from Les Liliacees are among the most desirable of all Redoutes work, indeed among the most desirable of any of the great botanical works.
Suggested Frame: Gold Louis 16th with beaded detail, french mat: $510