This is one of four antique botanical prints I have available. This illustration is of 'Epine Vinette' or what is commonly called European barberry. It is a shrub that produces sharply acidic berries, which people worldwide eat as a tart but refreshing fruit.
As I've been scanning and photographing these pages (I have 4 sets available), I came to realize they are not from the same book. The text page is more like an afterthought. What I think you'll really be impressed with is the detailed design, richly saturated colors, the quality and FEEL of the floral illustration. It is like a hand-painted watercolor. (Can the stone lithography process produce a color print that feels like that?) The colorful floral illustration page is just over 5.5 by 8.5 inches. It is blank verso. Do look at the last photo where I have all four grouped together. The photo shows details that the scan washes out. The illustration is surrounded by a distinct, embossed border.
The second page you'll receive is the text information and that page is about a quarter inch smaller. This page has been typeset. Notice that this text page has a lot of foxing.
All of these pages have small holes like those formed in book signatures when the thread is removed and pages separated, but the holes don't line up. That's when I realized these pages have been paired together but they were not originally in the same book. Somewhere in the passing centuries, someone was determined, however, to keep the illustration with the informative text and so there are two notations. There's the obvious hot pink 144. However, look at "G.15" notated on each page. That has been written by hand also!
One of my favorite designer decor sites offers matted and framed antique botanical prints for $850 each. Not near as pretty as this one, which will look incredible once matted and framed. Indeed, proper matting should take care of that funky pink number! For a lot less than $850:)
You might want to pair this with one of the other prints, any of which would coordinate well. Remember: BUY MORE, Save More! Check on my home page for details on discounts I offer on multiple purchases: from $10 to $35 plus free shipping. These discounts apply even when purchasing cards already marked down and on sale.
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