A fine giclée reproduction of a hand-colored antique depiction of an artichoke by Basilius Besler. The Italian gesso-and-wood frame is hand-finished by craftsmen using traditional 17th-century Florentine techniques. It is distressed in gold. Basilius Besler was responsible for creating the most celebrated florilegium ever published. Created in Germany in the early 1600s, the Hortus Eystettensis is a pictorial record of all of the plants that were grown in the gardens of the Prince Bishop of Eichstatt. It was the very first time that flowers had been grown for pleasure rather than for medicinal purposes.
William Stafford Gallery has a sterling reputation for its reproduction prints. The London-based gallery is a treasure trove of fine-art prints, contemporary black-and-white photography, sepia photography, and works in color. By commissioning artists and photographers and then controlling all aspects of print production, the gallery ensures a consistently exceptional quality. Through collaborations with master framemakers, it offers new and refreshing presentation ideas in pace with today's design trends.