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Velours Bleu BLN49 NFS
Each print measures
approximately 8 inches wide by 10 1/4 inches long.
entrancingly beautiful work is one we have sought for a
very long time. It has proved to be most elusive as only
66 copies were known to have been issued, making it one
of the rarest publications of its type.
It is a
testament to the era of Tulipomania in Holland,
when a single tulip bulb fetched ten times the annual
wage of a skilled craftsman, or more than a family
dwelling or farm. The world has become all too familiar
with this type of speculative bubble, but Tulipomania
was amongst the first.
pioneered the cultivation of bulbs of all types from the
1600ís, to this very day, when the majority of
commercial bulbs still come from the Netherlands. The
disruption of two world wars in the 1900ís caused the
development of bulb farms in Washington State in the US,
which now grows 95% of narcissus bulbs and a selection
of other bulbs, including tulips, for the world market.
These US bulb farmers are largely of Dutch origin and
the tulip festival and blooming fields of the Skagit
Valley are a fabulous sight in spring.
in Central Asia & Turkey, tulips came to the Netherlands
partly through Carolus Clusius, when he established his
botanical garden for ornamental plants, Hortus
Academicus, in Leiden around 1594. Legend
has it that the Dutch did not want to pay his
astronomical prices, and the bulb industry was founded
on stock pilfered from this garden.
or Dutch Floriculture, showcases the very most
spectacular tulips, hyacinths, narcissus, peonies,
roses, auriculas, iris, crocus and all the splendid
species that were so coveted in the time. Over 800
tulip species are named, divided over 16 cultivar
groups. The most desirable tulips of this period were
the striped tulips, with their remarkable striped
coloration, actually caused by a virus. These are the
tulips painted by the Dutch Masters, such as Jan van
Huysum & Jan Breughel the Elder. The frontispiece drawn
& signed by Paul Theodor van Brussel(1754-1795) for
Nederlandsch Bloemwerk is a superb illustration very
much in the manner of these Dutch masters.
remaining 52 prints in this work are not signed, but
believed to have been drawn also by van Brussel. The
hand coloring on these copper plate engravings is vivid,
still fresh and vibrant, and very much in the exuberant
16th century manner. The paper is strong & chain lined,
softly white in color, measuring approximately 8 by 10
1/4 inches. The compositions are also evocative of the
Dutch artist, Maria Merian.
the print enthusiast thought to partake of an especially
rare print for the holiday season, this would be the
time, as these prints are so very unlikely to come our
way again. With only 66 known sets, we are honored to
present them to our appreciative audience.
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