Collection des Fleurs et des Fruits Peints D’Apres Nature

Jean-Louis Prevost

(France, 1760 - 1810)
Folio with text and 48 stipple engraved colored plates 63 x 47 cm (24.8 x 18.5 in.) Published Chez Defer, Paris - 1805

One of the greatest early nineteenth-century French flower books, and also one of the earliest stipple-engraved and color-printed books produced, contemporary with the work of Redoute. "The book was compiled to assist designers of china, toiles and chintzes and is not primarily botanical in intention. The most striking plates show several different flowers grouped together in a bouquet; but though the arrangements may appear artificial, and the flowers doubtfully matched as to season, the drawing is accurate and the observation exact" (Blunt in Great Flower Books). Blunt went on to declare the Collection "at least the equal to Redoute."

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