Catalog Archive
Auction 123, Lot 792

"[Lot of 2] Curcuma longa, Curcuma long [and] Smilacina Racemosa, Smilacina a Grappes", Redoute, Pierre

Subject: Botanicals

Period: 1802-16 (published)

Publication: Les Liliacées

Color: Hand Color

12.5 x 19 inches
31.8 x 48.3 cm

Pierre-Joseph Redouté ( 1759-1840) is considered to be one of the foremost botanical painters of his time. His career spanned many years, and he was the personal art teacher of Queen Marie-Antoinette as well as the Empresses Josephine and Marie-Louise after the French Revolution. After the monarchy was restored in France, he was the personal art teacher for the Duchesse du Barry and Queen Marie-Amelie. Redouté illustrated approximately 50 botanical books during his lifetime making him one of the most prolific and widely celebrated botanical artists of the 18th and 19th centuries. He was a student of the great botanical artist Van Spaedonck, and under him he mastered the art of stipple engraving, which made his botanical publications the wonder of the age. Stipple engraving is a process in which the image is composed of dots on a copper plate, with the color added to the plate itself. The resulting engraving was then finished by hand with water color, giving the flowers a delicately luminous quality.

Two lovely plates from this monumental botanical work, of which only two hundred copies were published, appearing in eighty fascicles issued from 1802 to 1816.


Condition: B

Some scattered foxing and offsetting.

Estimate: $400 - $550


Closed on 2/20/2008