Van Houtte on Dark Backgrounds

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Bellis perennis flore pleno
VHO87 $45
Oeillets remontants
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Camellia vergine
VHO89 $45
Azalea indica President Claeys
VHO90 $45
Gloxinia fleur de Flandre
VHO91 $45
Gloxinia ami chibaut
VHO92 $45
Gloxinia mina
VHO93 $45
Gloxinia gordon lavande
VHO94 $45
Gloxinia ceinture d'Hebe
VHO95 $45
Gloxinia indianella
VHO96 $45
Camellia planipetala
VHO97 $45
Pelargonium zonale
VHO98 $45
Calochortus leichtlini
VHO99 $45
Azalea indica umbellata alba
VHO100 $45
Gardenia amoena
VHO101 $45
Paradisia liliastrum
VHO102 $45
Deutzia crenata flore albo pleno
VHO103 $45
Camellia bicolore de la reine
VHO104 $45
Milla biflora
VHO105 $45
Oplismenus imbecillis
VHO106 $45
Saxifraga cotyledon pyramidalis
VHO108 $45
Chilean pine, Araucaria imbricata
VHO107 $45

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Van Houtte on Dark Backgrounds

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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