A beautiful antique hand colored steel engraving entitled 'Pome-granate' from the original 1847 English translation of Grandville's 'Les Fleurs Animees' published by R. Martin in New York. Les Fleurs Animees is a fanciful, anthropomorphic look at plants and flowers which sometimes has a surreal edge. In this print, the lovely lady Pome-granate is depicted as a Spanish dancer. Her gown has a full twirling skirt covered with pome-granate leaves and blossoms, her bodice and sleeves are flaring scarlet blooms as is her head-piece, even her stockings have delicate pink decoration up the front. She's quite an exotic flower with her castanets held high, but I don't see any of the pomegranate fruit that has become so popular in our own time, I suppose tastes have changed.
The information underneath the image says 'Pome-granate - Fleur de Grenadier - Punica - Published by R. Martin. New York.'
This charming print is ready to hang, beautifully framed in a gilt wood frame with an elaborate French 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 some extremely minor 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 removal of the signature. 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. 5.5 oz.
These fantastic old Grandville engravings are very popular and becoming more difficult to find. Treat yourself or someone special. Enjoy!
I have a terrific selection 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-1179 ( Water-Lily ). 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?"