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This sweet vintage cabbage roses lithograph is by the Victorian artist Jean Baptiste Robie (see biography below). It is entitled Fragrance in Bloom, and showcases a freshly-gathered loose bouquet of Summer flowers. Look closely, there is a tiny honeybee on the snowball viburnum hydrangea, and a little songbird at the bottom. The color hues are wonderful, unfaded and beautiful. The artwork is indeed superb in the style of old garden roses.
This is a circa 1930's print. The print is housed in a vintage wood tray with a glass top, brass handles and little burnished brass rose and leaf corner embellishments. It was found on our last picking trip at an old estate in Pasadena, CA. The print is in VG condition, the frame is in VG condition. The print displays well with some wear at at the edges, not detracting and expected for a piece of its age. The frame has a nice patina, has a little wear, and amazingly, the backing is all intact. Overall size is large at 14 x 22 inches, ready to use as a tray or hang on the wall, as it also has an old hanger on the back (easily removable if you so desire). Postage is an estimate, and any overages are cheerfully refunded.
Jean-Baptiste Robie [1821-1910] was a Belgian still-life, flower and landscape painter. He studied at the Brussels Academy with Balthasar Tasson and became friends with Theodore Fourmois. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, visiting Italy, Spain, France and Germany, and further journeys took him to the Middle East. But it was in India that he stayed the longest. He described his travels in the book Les Débuts d’un Peintre, published in 1886. In 1861 he was made a Knight of the Order of Leopold, advancing to the status of Officer in 1869 and Commander in 1881. He was also a Knight of the Légion d’Honneur.
Between 1843 and 1875 he frequently exhibited at the Brussels Salon, where he won a gold medal and a third-class medal in 1850. He participated in the 1880 exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, held in honour of the fifth anniversary of the unification of Belgium. He further exhibited in Antwerp and Ghent. In 1863 J. B. Robie made his debut at the Paris Salon and exhibited at the World Fair in Paris in 1885.
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