Vintage Flower Prints from Van Houtte 1845

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Varietes de Capucines
VNH52 $55
Sale Price: $35
Crocosmia Aurea
VNH53 $55
Sale Price: $35
Les Capucines Herbacees
VNH54 $55
Sale Price: $35
Grindelia Grandiflora
VNH55 $45
Sale Price: $29
Gaillardia Grandiflora
VNH56 $55
Sale Price: $35
Mutisia Decurrens
VNH57  $45
Sale Price: $29
Potentilla Striata
VNH61  $45
Sale Price: $29
Cathcartia Villosa
VNH62 $55
Sale Price: $35
Potentilla Menziesii
VNH63 $55
Sale Price: $35
Lilium Testaceum
VNH64 $65
Sale Price: $39
Rose Faune de Perse
VNH65 $65
Sale Price:
SOLD
Datura Humilis
VNH72 $55
Sale Price: $35
Littonia Modesta
VNH74 $55
Sale Price: $35
Microsperma Bartoniodes
VNH68 $55
Sale Price: $35
Moraea Bicolor
VNH69 $55
Sale Price: $35
Viola Pyrolaefolia
VNH76
Sale Price: SOLD
Ornithogalum Aureum
VNH77  $45
Sale Price: $2
5
Ranunculus Spicatus
VNH78 $55
Sale Price: $35
Torenia Asiatica Pulcherrima
VNH88  $45
Sale Price: $2
5
Clematis Lanuginosa
VNH80 $55
Sale Price: $35
Plumbago Larpentae
VNH84 $55
Sale Price: $35
Nemophila Maculata
VNH92  $45
Sale Price:
SOLD
Streptocarpus Bifloro-Polyanthus
VNH90 $55
Sale Price: $35
Convolvulus Tricolor
VNH93 $55
Sale Price: $35
Thunbergia Chrysops
VNH96  $45
Sale Price: $25
Solanum Somniculentum
VNH98  $45
Sale Price: $2
5
Meyenia Erecta
VNH99 $55
Sale Price: $35
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Vintage Flower Prints from Van Houtte 1845

Flore de Serres et des Jardins de l'Europe (Flowers of the Greenhouses and Gardens of Europe) was founded by Louis van Houtte, owner of the most successful nursery of the time on the European continent, and edited together with the prominent botanist Charles Lemaire.

The journal, with more than 2000 plates, was a showcase for lavish engravings of unique botanicals from around the world. The superbly illustrated plates, hand colored or finished lithographs enhanced with gum Arabic, contain a wonderful selection of plants following the interests of the famous contributors of the era - roses, bulbous plants, orchids, palms, rhododendrons, camellias and exotic plants among the 23 volumes.

Each single print measures approximately 6 1/2 inches by 9 3/4 inches & the double or folio prints 9 1/2 inches by 13 inches. On the doubles, there is a central fold, as issued and shown in the image. The paper is a fine, thick white stock, with very little foxing or other defects. The coloring is spectacular. In most cases, there is an accompanying text page and a copy of the title page.

Most of the plants depicted in the journal were for sale in van Houtte's nursery, so in one sense these plates acted as his catalogue. It is fascinating to see the species considered the most desirable of the times, with a preponderance of orchids, roses, camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons, not to mention carnivorous plants, tropicals and other exotics. It is a true pleasure to take a step back in time to visit this illustrious nursery, the like of which would be hard to find today.


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