Iris, Cabbage Rose, and Narcissus are the featured flowers for this lithograph by French artist Jean-Louis Prevost (1790-1850). The original collection of his botanical paintings were published in Paris in 1805. The current prints popular today were published in New York in the mid-1940s. Framed in a simple now off-white wood frame, this one belonged to my grandmother and was displayed in her Baltimore home on a guest bedroom wall. Surrounded by a paper lace insert, the entire piece has aged for the past 65 years to an ecru color.
The tops of three letters visible at the edge of the lace was too much of a temptation. Unable to leave well enough alone, I dismantled the backing for a peek. Pleasantly surprised, I found hidden beneath the lace border Prevost's printed signature and a trademark small circle with SZL under his name. Frame measures 12-3/4 by 9-3/4 inches and hangs with an old string tied to small eye hooks. Buyer's choice to leave as is or have it properly re-done in a nicer frame with new mountings. Note that the artist is not to be confused with a distant relative by the same name (1838-1927) who was a noted Swiss physiologist.