This is a print of "Melastoma Ciliata" and was part of a set devoted to the study of this plant. It shows the plant in berry or seed stage. It was after a painting by Pierre Turpin (1775-1840). It was stipple engraved and finished with touches of hand coloring in France. The printer (or supervisor of the printing) was Langlois who performed the same function for Pierre Joseph Redoute in the publication of his important rose prints. This print was executed between 1816 and 1823 when the series on "Melastoma Ciliata" was completed. It was professionally cleaned and made acid free and appears to retain its original color. It is mounted in a vintage wood and gold finish molding that probably dates from the first half of the 20th Century.
Condition is very good aside from some minor scattered and faint discolorations. The vintage frame has had some minor restoration.
Measurements are: print, plate mark, 16 3/4 inches x 10 5/8 inches; print, sheet, 17 5/8 inches x 11 1/8 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 23 inches x 17 1/2 inches.
This is an early French hand botanical engraving that because of its simplicity and soft tones is appropriate for any decor.