Original European 18th or 19th century copper engraving plate for botanical printOriginal European 18th or 19th century copper engraving plate for botanical printOriginal European 18th or 19th century copper engraving plate for botanical printOriginal European 18th or 19th century copper engraving plate for botanical printOriginal European 18th or 19th century copper engraving plate for botanical printOriginal European 18th or 19th century copper engraving plate for botanical printOriginal European 18th or 19th century copper engraving plate for botanical printOriginal European 18th or 19th century copper engraving plate for botanical printOriginal European 18th or 19th century copper engraving plate for botanical printOriginal European 18th or 19th century copper engraving plate for botanical print

An original solid copper engraving plate from which botanical prints were made, circa 18th or 19th century, no signature visible. The plate itself measures 8 7/8" by 6 7/8" and has been set quite some time ago into a black-painted wooden plank. The design features an iris at left and other species that I cannot immediately identify. The design is obviously cut by a talented artist, and the original prints from this plate must have been beautiful. Purchase this and perhaps make your own "reprints"----a few centuries having passed, any old copyrights should not cause any loss of sleep! There is no signature. The plate shows evidence of its age-----chemical oxidation process, some burnishing, some hardened, clear goopy substance at top left portion that might have been applied at one time to try to protect this under a clear layer.

ITEM ID
JB04029
MEDIA
Etching, Engraving
ORIGIN
Europe • European
COLOR
Copper

Original European 18th or 19th century copper engraving plate for botanical print

$200

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