A beautiful antique hand colored steel engraving entitled 'Mirabilis' from the original 1847 English translation of Grandville's 'Les Fleurs Animees' published by R Martin in New York. The book is a fanciful, anthropomorphic look at plants and flowers with a strange, surreal edge which in this case shows itself as a large moth or beetle advancing on the featured young woman-flower. Mirabilis is dressed in a short skirted gown with a peplum of leaves and flowing white trumpet sleeves. Her hair in wild tendrils is topped with a bell shaped blossom.
The information underneath says 'Marvel of Peru - Belle de Nuit - Mirabilis - Published by R Martin New York' Mirabilis is the botanical name for the flower we call a 'four o'clock.'
This charming print is ready to hang, beautifully framed in a gilt wood frame with an elaborate French triple mat - a luxe presentation that would cost many hundreds in any frame shop.
CONDITION is excellent antique. There is some minor toning around the edges as is common on these nearly 170 year old steel engravings and a few pinpoints of foxing. The steel plates for this edition of 'Les Fleurs Animees' were re-cut in New York with no differences to the image save for the signature which on this plate is 'H. E. Tripler.' Measures 19 7/8 in. x 16 7/8 in. overall, with a sight size inside the elaborate French mat of 9 in. x 6 1/8 in. Weighs 4 lbs. 8 oz.
These fantastic old Grandville engravings are very popular and becoming more difficult to find. Treat yourself or someone special. Enjoy.
I have more of the wonderful antique engravings from this volume listed in my shop, all framed and matted identically. If you're interested in more than one (they look fabulous hung in pairs or larger groups) take a look at items RL-1177 ( Tulip ), RL-1178 ( Thistle ), RL-1179 ( Water-Lily ), and RL-1180 ( Pome-granate ). You can search on the item number ( for example, RL-1178 ) in the search box at the top of the page where you see the words 'What are you looking for?'
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