Vintage Flower Prints from Louis Van Houtte 1845

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Pecher a Fleurs D'Oeillet
VNH1 $55
Sale Price: $35
Clematis Patens Louisa
VNH27 $55
Sale Price: $35
Cercis Japonica
VNH10 $55
Sale Price: $35
Pecher a Fleurs de Camellia
VNH3 $55
Sale Price: $35
Cydonia Japonica
VNH4 $55
Sale Price: $35
Prunus Triloba
VNH5 $55
Sale Price: $35
Grataegus Oxycantha
VNH6 $55
Sale Price: $35
Cercis Japonica
VNH7 $55
Sale Price: $35
Grataegus Oxycantha
VNH8 $55
Sale Price: $35
Weigelia Amabilis
VNH12 $55
Sale Price: $35
Weigelia Isolinae
VNH13 $55
Sale Price: $35
Weigelia Amabilis Van Houttei
VNH14 $55
Sale Price: $35
Pentstemon Wrighti
VNH15 $55
Sale Price: $35
Passiflora Medusaea
VNH16 $55
Sale Price: $35
Camptosema Rubicundum
VNH17 $55
Sale Price: $35
Carnation
VNH18 $55
Sale Price: $35
Dianthus Cruentus
VNH19 $55
Sale Price: $35
Verbena Princess Marianne
VNH20
SOLD
Gladioli Hybridi
VNH21 $55
Sale Price: $35
Amaryllis Reticulata
VNH22 $55
Sale Price: $35
Dipladenia Nobilis
VNH23$55
Sale Price: $35
Tacsonia Mollissima
VNH24 $55
Sale Price: $35
Medinilla Magnifica
VNH25 $55
Sale Price: $35
Tacsonia Quitensis Eriantha
VNH26 $55
Sale Price: $35
Echinacea Intermedia
VNH33 $55
Sale Price: $35
Fuchsia Globosa Ranunculiflora Plena
VNH40 $55
Sale Price: $35
Water Lily
VNH35 $55
Sale Price: $35
Prince Camille de Rohan
VNH36 $55
Sale Price: $35
Anemone Japonica
VNH37 $55
Sale Price: $35
Petunia Striata Formosissima
VNH38 $55
Sale Price: $35
Linum Grandiflorum
VNH42 $55
Sale Price: $35
Schizostylis Coccinea
VNH43 $55
Sale Price: $35
Sphaeralcea Nutans
VNH44 $55
Sale Price: $35
Azalea Indica
VNH51
SOLD
Cerasus Caproniana Flore Roseo Pleno
VNH49 $85
Sale Price: $55
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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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