A set of two vintage reproductions, including Lilium Cruentum Polvanthos and Flos Solis Maior. The artist, Basilius Besler (1561-1629), was a Nuremberg apothecary, chemist, healer, and botanist whose magnificent etchings transformed sterile documentations of plants into works of exquisite beauty. He was commissioned by Bishop Johann Konrad von Gemmingen to create engravings of all the flowers in his vast garden. As a result, Besler spent 16 years depicting each of 1,084 varieties of flowers as they bloomed throughout the four seasons, in 367 colored plates.
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.