From one collection, EIGHT framed watercolor drawings (****NOT PRINTS****) of flowering botanical specimens, with their respective Latin classification names written in brown ink, generally at lower left. The works are on an exceedingly delicate tissue-like paper, which is then affixed at edges to a card, causing a puckering effect of the paper. There is another original drawing on the reverse side of one of the works (not pictured). I have opened all eight in search of a signature of the artist, and have found none. Names of botanical species, which seem to be from tropical and non-tropical regions: Pentandria monogynia; Icosandria polygynia; Monadelfilia decandria; Hibiscus mutabilis; Alexandria monogynia; Narcissus pazetta; Capsicum frutescens; Monandria monogynia; and Alpinia nutans. Sizes of the drawings themselves range from 13" by 8 1/4" to 13" by 9 1/4", and the framed sizes are 16" by 12" through 19" by 15 1/4". The collection came from an interesting local estate, that estate being of recently deceased Ninth Circuit Court Judge Stephen Reinhardt and his wife Ramona Ripston. Both were active in liberal causes nationally and in California. At Reinhardt's death, Supreme Court justices Anthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor wrote heartfelt comments in the Harvard Law Review, about their late friend. The drawings are in generally very good condition; one has some tears/small loss to the upper right corner area; one will be shipped without glass. Older frames show wear and are not all identical. This group would make for a smashing addition to a traditional interior setting. I am continuing to research them to determine if they could be attributed to a particular artist. Works by Austrian artist Franz Blaschek (1787-1868) look very similar, and they can bring to $8,000 each at European auctions. Ask for more photos of the impressive details, as I am limited to only nine an any given listing. Allow for reflections in several images.
EIGHT early 19th century ORIGINAL botanical drawings exquisite detail NOT PRINTS