With their wildly exquisite detail and gorgeous depictions of colorful flowers and plants, antique botanical chromolithograph prints are a delight! Collecting antique botanical prints is a wonderful way to bring the beauty of nature indoors.
Drawn with meticulous attention to detail, and often hand colored, antique botanical prints provide a connection to nature at any time, but especially during the colder winter months.
Created for natural history books, herbal medicine books and seed catalogs the illustrations became especially popular in the Victorian era.
Before the invention of the camera, these colorful illustrations preserved every detail and appearance of plant species from around the world. Not just for more well-know plants, the botanical artists carefully studied, drew and painted road side wildflowers and grasses with just as much attention to detail and love.
The period between 1750 – 1850 is considered the golden age for this type of art, according to the American Society of Botanical Artists.
Antique botanical prints are well priced, from 40.00 to over 100.00 for really rare examples> They are a wonderful way to add antique art to your home decor! They look beautiful framed, especially in a gallery wall grouping.
Most of the prints that I find were drawn by hand, then copied to a “stone” by another artist before printing in the mid to late 1800’s.
I always look for hand colored engraved prints that appeal to me with stunning colors and flowers that I love.
It’s a thrill to be able to obtain beautiful botanical prints at auction or my dealer friends from England and France for my collection, and yours. Today, I’m sharing some of my “new” favorites. Although they are all my favorites- It’s why I bought them!
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