Basilius Besler was responsible for creating the most celebrated florilegium ever published, The Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of all of the plants that were grown in the gardens of the Prince Bishop of Eichstatt which was created in Germany in the early 1600's. It was the very first time that flowers had been grown for pleasure rather than for medicinal purposes. These fine art giclée reproductions are of hand colored antiques from the William Stafford archives. Our Italian gesso and wood frames are hand finished by craftsmen using traditional 17th century Florentine techniques. This frame is hand finished and distressed in gold.
William Stafford's reputation as the number one supplier of reproduction prints is unsurpassed. The London-based gallery is a treasure trove of fine-art prints, contemporary black and white photography, sepia photography and works in color. Because William Stafford commissions artists and photographers to create images, and because the company controls all aspects of print production, consistency is ensured. By collaborating with master frame-makers William Stafford also ensures a steady flow of new and refreshing presentation ideas in pace with today's design trends.