From the earliest Grandville edition of "Fleurs Animees" (De Gonet edition) this is an authentic 19th Century engraving (not a reproduction) with its original hand watercolor, signed Grandville in the plate, in the lower left corner.
This is a more luxury section of the De Gonet edition, (usually the top printing in the edition) and it rarely surfaces.
Here Grandville's plates are adorned with extra background effects or wreaths of flowers.
Colors are also much stronger than the usual De Gonet.
TULIPE (Tulip) is one the most vibrant scenes in the "Fleurs Animees",
it portrays a lovely Victorien lady in a Turkish costume, complete with a turban and oversized fresh pearls jewelry.
Tulipe is wearing a lovely dress made of large silky tulip petals, beautifully rendered by the watercolor artist, and a sexy bustier.
She seems to be swinging the fruit of a tulip like a censer. The grains inside may have been burnt like incense in the old days.
In the background are Turkish monks called "Dervish".
Colors are beautiful in this piece: fresh green, orange, yellow and purple.
A whimsical piece to keep preciously as the original "Fleurs Animees" are disappearing fast!
(Please check my other Grandville, I currently have a lovely collection)
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 10 3/8". Width: 6 5/8".
(26.5 cm) by (17 cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition with light foxing and a (fixed) mini tear.
There are 2 Grandville editions in the mid 19th Century, which are considered the original editions: The 1847 edition by G. De Gonet, and the 1867 edition by Garnier Freres.
Will be shipped "Registered Airmail" from Paris, including online tracking (US, Canada, Europe) insurance and signature at delivery.
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