Nederlandsch Bloemwerk Botanical Prints 1794

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Tulips, Regurants banets and La Superbe
BLN200 $475
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Tulip, Admiraal van Enkhizen, Butterfly
BLN204 $495
Tulipa variegatae, Anemone flore simpliei,
Tanacetum Africanum
BLN206 $445
Parrot Tulips
BLN207 $445
Tulipa variegatae, Narcissus albus, Moth
BLN208 $455
Tulips, Couronne impereur, Zoomer-Schoon, Butterfly
BLN209 $475
Dubbelde klaare mont., Dubbelde kroon., Passe epand., Moth
BLN251 $345
Tulips, Grand Conseille, Roose Satoris, Moth
BLN211 $475
Tulips, Kezier Pieter, Couronne de Berlin, Moth
BLN212 $475
Parrot Tulip
BLN203 $445
Tulips, Bacha, Glauga, Agaat La, Beetle
BLN214 $475
Rose, Butterfly
BLN215 $425
Rosa sylvestris flore pleno, Bee
BLN216 $445
BLN217 $475
Caryophyllus maximus ruber, Alcea fyriaca, Bee
BLN218 $445
Narcissus latifolius flore prorsus flauo, Moth
BLN228 $425
Malua rosea rubro, Beetles
BLN220 $445
Campanula minor Potondifolia, Campanula viola montana lutea grandiflora, Lilium montanum flore purpurascente punctatum, Butterfly
BLN221 $475
Doronicum Americanum Latiniato folio, Tulipa variegata, Beetle
BLN222 $475
Anemone dicta la Larmoyee, Lilium purpuro sanguineum
flore reflexo, Butterfly
BLN223 $455
Anemone variae flore Simplici
BLN224 $445
Cyarius vulgarie, Ranunculus flore globoso, Iris tuberosa Belgarum, Grasshopper
BLN225 $395
Helleborus niger Legitimus, Papauer erraticum Pyrenaicum flore luteo, Borago, Beetle
Fritillaria flore duplici, Aquilegia punula praecox canadensis, Ranunculus nemorosus, flavo venis rubris distineto
BLN230 $425
Narcissus Africanus flanus Polyanthos, Beetles
BLN231 $425
BLN232 $425
Du Velours Bleu, Moth
BLN233 $395
Viola lutea grandiflora
Grime's Orion, Caterpillar
BLN235 $345
Orange Lily, Lilium orengiaco, Digitalis ferruginea angustifolia, Butterfly
BLN236 $445
Cyanus segetum flore carneo, Colchicum pleno flore, Crocus satiuus, Caterpillar, Fly
BLN237 $425
Campanula vulgatior, Campanula perscifolia, Butterfly
BLN238 $425
Vinka per Vinka, Moths
BLN239 $425
Helleborus niger, Beetle
BLN240 $325
Auricula ursi, Butterfly
BLN241 $395
Hyacinthus orientalis maximus, Butterfly
BLN242 $345
Lily, Lilium album, Butterfly, Beetles
BLN243 $345
Nigella flore majore pleno coeruleo, Hyancinthus orientalis flore duplici, Butterfly
BLN244 $365
Augustus Rex, Beetle
BLN245 $345
General de Maillebois, Fly
BLN246 $345
Marquis de la Coste, Beetle
BLN247 $345
Lilium persicum, Moth, Beetle
BLN248 $345
Helleborus niger flore viridi, Moth, Beetles
Solanum indicum spinosum flore boraginis, Beetle
BLN250 $345

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Nederlandsch Bloemwerk Botanical Prints 1794

This entrancingly beautiful work is one we have loved for a very long time. It is 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.

The Dutch pioneered the cultivation of bulbs of all types from the 1600's, to this very day, when the majority of commercial bulbs still come from the Netherlands. The disruption of two world wars in the 1900's 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.

Originating 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.

Nederlandsch Bloemwerk, 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.

The 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.

If ever 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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