Antique Flower Prints from Van Houtte

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Alstroemeria Pelegrina
VNH201 $55
Sale Price: $35
Clematis Lanuginosa
VNH183 $75
Sale Price: $45
Gloxinia Speciosa
VNH186 $75
Sale Price: $45
Chirita Moonii
VNH189 $65
Sale Price: $39
ALuculia Pinceana
VNH193 $55
Sale Price: $35
Rhododendron Gibsonis
VNH191 $65
Sale Price: $39
Paeonia Albiflora
VNH196 $65
Sale Price: $39
Hydrangea Pubescens
VNH197 $45
Sale Price: $25
Plectopoma Naegeliodies Candidum
VNH198 $45
Sale Price: $25
Funkia Grandiflora
VNH199 $45
Sale Price: $25
Gloxinia Varieties
VNH202 $45
Sale Price: $25
Aphelandra Squarrosa Leopoldi
VNH194 $55
Sale Price: $35
Primula Sinensis Filicifolia Flore Rubro
VNH206 $55
Sale Price:
Lilium Odorum Japonicum
VNH210 $55
Sale Price: $35
Lilium Wallichianum
VNH212 $55
Sale Price: $35
Lilium Eximium
Sale Price: $35
Hymenocallis Adnata
VNH216 $55
Sale Price: $35
Rudgea Macrophylla
VNH217 $55
Sale Price: $35
Steriphoma Paradoxum
VNH218 $45
Sale Price: $25
Brunsvigia Toxicaria
VNH219 $35
Sale Price: $20
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Antique Flower Prints from Van Houtte

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 double or folio print measures approximately 9 ½ 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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