Vintage Flower Prints from Louis Van Houtte 1845

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Pecher a Fleurs D'Oeillet
VNH1 $55
Amygdalus Persica sinensis
VNH1A
SOLD
Amygdalus Persica versicolor
VNH2
SOLD
Pecher a Fleurs de Camellia
VNH3 $55
Cydonia Japonica
VNH4 $55
Prunus Triloba
VNH5 $55
Grataegus Oxycantha
VNH6 $55
Cercis Japonica
VNH7 $55
Grataegus Oxycantha
VNH8 $55
Azalea Indica crispiflora
VNH9 $55
Cercis Japonica
VNH10 $55
Azalea Amoena
VNH11 $55
Weigelia Amabilis
VNH12 $55
Weigelia Isolinae
VNH13 $55
Weigelia Amabilis Van Houttei
VNH14 $55
Pentstemon Wrighti
VNH15 $55
Passiflora Medusaea
VNH16 $55
Camptosema Rubicundum
VNH17 $55
Carnation
VNH18 $55
Dianthus Cruentus
VNH19 $55
Verbena Princess Marianne
VNH20
SOLD
Gladioli Hybridi
VNH21 $55
Amaryllis Reticulata
VNH22 $55
Dipladenia Nobilis
VNH23 $55
Tacsonia Mollissima
VNH24 $55
Medinilla Magnifica
VNH25 $55
Tacsonia Quitensis Eriantha
VNH26 $55
Clematis Patens Louisa
VNH27 $55
Pelargonium Mazeppa Superbe
VNH28 $55
Clematis Florida Sieboldi
VNH29
SOLD
Medaille D'Or
VNH30 $55
Pelargonium Prince of Novelties
VNH31 $55
Pelargonium Miellez
VNH32 $55
Echinacea Intermedia
VNH33 $55
Dahlia Empereur Francois-Joseph
VNH34
SOLD
Water Lily
VNH35 $55
Prince Camille de Rohan
VNH36 $55
Anemone Japonica
VNH37 $55
Petunia Striata Formosissima
VNH38 $55
Fuchsias
VNH39 $55
Fuchsia Globosa Ranunculiflora Plena
VNH40 $55
Fuchsias
VNH41 $55
Linum Grandiflorum
VNH42 $55
Schizostylis Coccinea
VNH43 $55
Sphaeralcea Nutans
VNH44 $55
Rhododendron Cinnamomeo-Campanulatum
VNH45 $55
Rhododendron Prince Camellia de Rohan
VNH46 $55
Hydrangea Stellata
VNH47
SOLD
Malus Baccata
VNH48
SOLD
Cerasus Caproniana Flore Roseo Pleno
VNH49 $85
Lilac Syringa Vulgaris
VNH50 $95
Azalea Indica
VNH51 $65
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Vintage Flower Prints from Louis Van Houtte 1845

Flore de Serres et des Jardins de l'Europe (Flowers of the Greenhouses and Gardens of Europe) was founded by Louis van Houtte, owner of the most successful nursery of the time on the European continent, and edited together with the prominent botanist Charles Lemaire.

The journal, with more than 2000 plates, was a showcase for lavish engravings of unique botanicals from around the world. The superbly illustrated plates, hand colored or finished lithographs enhanced with gum Arabic, contain a wonderful selection of plants following the interests of the famous contributors of the era - roses, bulbous plants, orchids, palms, rhododendrons, camellias and exotic plants among the 23 volumes.

Each single print measures approximately 6 1/2 inches by 9 3/4 inches & the double or folio prints 9 1/2 inches by 13 inches. On the doubles, there is a central fold, as issued and shown in the image. The paper is a fine, thick white stock, with very little foxing or other defects. The coloring is spectacular. In most cases, there is an accompanying text page and a copy of the title page.

Most of the plants depicted in the journal were for sale in van Houtte's nursery, so in one sense these plates acted as his catalogue. It is fascinating to see the species considered the most desirable of the times, with a preponderance of orchids, roses, camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons, not to mention carnivorous plants, tropicals and other exotics. It is a true pleasure to take a step back in time to visit this illustrious nursery, the like of which would be hard to find today.


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