A marvelous hand colored steel engraving from the original English translation of Grandville's 'Les Fleurs Animees,' published by R. Martin in New York in 1847. Les Fleurs Animees is a delightful, anthropomorphic look at flowers and plants with an odd surrealistic edge, evidenced in this print by an unusual 'devil' beetle offering an ex vote to the lovely water lily nun who looks away demurely. Water Lily's habit and veil are made of large flowing green leaves with a pure white skirt and wimple, her bodice and peplum are accented top and bottom with sunny yellow.
The information below the image reads 'Water Lily - Nenuphar - Nymphaea - Published by R. Martin. New York.'
This engaging 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. Some minor toning around the edges as is common in these nearly 170 year old steel engravings and a few minor spots of foxing. The original steel plates for this edition of Les Fleurs Animees were re-cut in New York with no differences to the engaging image save the signature which is 'Teel Sc' on this print. 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. 3.5 oz.
These wonderful 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-1175 ( Mirabilis ), RL-1177 ( Tulip ), RL-1178 ( Thistle ), 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?'