circa: 20th century
A pair of hand tinted botanical engravings, featuring wild rye and garlic, in painted wooden frames.
The lightly toned paper has finely etched and printed botanical images, each appearing to be hand colored. One print has a large garlic bulb with intact roots and leaves, as well as a separate scape and full head of garlic flowers in bloom. Soft gray shadows give the build depth, while yellow and green with touches of blush pink enliven the leaves, the flowers have dark centers and bright yellow stamen. The image of wild rye shows the plant in three forms, the multinoded yellow tinged root with numerous grass shoots, the cool green stem with its graceful grass blades, and the willowy blue hulled mature seed heads still attached to the long stem. Additionally, there are four small line drawings showing the different aspects of the rye seed. Both prints bear the Latin names for the plants in formal black script. Marbled paper mats in green with hits of earth tones surround the prints. Hand painted molded wood frames complete the pieces.
Condition: Very good.
Some warping on the paper, and some color bleeding on the garlic print. Newer frames are lightly distressed.
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