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1719 Copper Engraving of Fleabane
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COLOR multi
CONDITION Excellent
DIMENSIONS 5" L x 4" H
ERA Antique: 18th century
MADE IN Germany
MADE OF ink on paper
ESTIMATED ARRIVAL Jul 02 - Jul 05
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Located in Midtown East Manhattan, the Phyllis Lucas Gallery/Old Print Center has one of the largest collections of antique prints and fine art in New York City. With a long and storied history, our gallery holds the distinction as the first publisher of Salvador Dali’s lithographs in America and has been among the foremost of the city's dealers in antique works on paper since its founding in 1928.
Why we love this
This hand-colored copperplate engraving from Germany shows a frontal view of fleabane, once used as an insect repellent (hence its name). Although printed in 1719, the composition is reminiscent of the famous botanical prints of Basilius Besler from his masterwork Hortus Eysttensis, first published in 1613. The elaborate background reflects the emergence of European landscape painting and the importance of herbs in culinary culture, alchemy, and medicine at that time.