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Sublime Claret Clematis Chromolithograph. Henry G Moon. 1903.


£125 | $174 USD | €146 EUR
Item Number: SA755695
Date of manufacture: 1900
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Greystones Fine Interiors
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STUNNING claret clematis by Henry G. Moon. Antique Chromolithograph. 1903. This work is so finely observed that is photographic in quality and we believe that this piece represents amongst the very best of Moon's illustrations. It is magnificent in everyway and has unparalleled colour intensity.
William Robinson was a horticultural pioneer to whom modern gardening style owes much. He was instrumental in breaking away from the intensely formalized tradition of stylized bedding to a more relaxed and natural use of perennials and the ďwild garden.Ē He is considered the father of modern English gardening.
As publisher of Flora and Sylva (1903-05), he found the perfect illustrator in Henry G Moon, whom he met when Moon responded to an advertisement Robinson had placed. Moon, a well-educated young man from a prosperous family, had been forced to go to work in a solicitorís office when his fatherís premature death left the family in impecunious circumstances. Robinson hired him to illustrate Flora and Sylva, where Moon developed the characteristic elegant style which showed each plant in its full beauty without the overblown rendering and artificial enhancement so typical of the Victorian era botanical illustration. Later, Moon married Frederick Sanderís daughter and went on to create his masterpiece in the orchid illustrations for the magnificent Sanderís Reichenbachia,.
The Flora and Sylva was a deluxe publication largely illustrated by Moon from plants in the collections of prominent botanical gardens, country houses and nurseries such as Kew Gardens, Sandersí Nursery, Gravetye and Worley Place. The highly decorative chromolithographed plates were produced by G. Severeyns and their successor J.L. Goffart. They are of the finest quality, in brilliant deep and textured color on soft white, thick paper. The plates have the most MAGNIFICENT depth of colour and texture (it's really quite challenging to capture this in a photograph). The plate offered here is also an extremely rare one, 'Flora and Sylva ' would have been an expensive periodical with each edition limited to 100 or so copies, the vast majority of which would have been lost and destroyed as time and wars have passed. This plate is almost certainly one of just a very limited few still in existence.
The lithograph has been recently remounted in a bespoke handmade and hand-finished quality and gilded wooden frame with a confidently proportioned decorated mount. A very sophisticated gold fillet has been added around the plate to provide a very elegant contrast. The glass is museum quality with low reflection, amazing colour transparency and high U.V. absorption to protect the works. The archival materials and professional techniques used to protect and frame this work will ensure that it continues to be enjoyed for many decades to come
Chromolithograph is 30cm tall by 23cm wide. The framed plate is 50cm tall by 44cm wide.
About Chromolithography:
Chromolithography is a unique method for making multi-colour prints which became the most successful method of colour printing developed by the 19th Century. The initial technique involved the use of multiple lithographic stones, one for each colour, and whilst extremely expensive was used for the best quality results. Depending on the number of colours present, a chromolithograph could take even very skilled workers months to produce. To make this, expensive, reproduction which was once referred to as a 'chromo' a lithographer, with a finished painting in front of him, gradually created and corrected the many stones using proofs to deliver a lithograph as much as possible like the painting, sometimes using dozens of layers.
The artwork can be shipped nationally and internationally. Price for secure packaging and courier delivery is not included in the sale price and will be charged strictly at cost (no profit made).
At Greystones we are constantly and globally exploring in order to discover the rare, artisanal and fine artworks and decorative objects which allow for the creation of exquisite and differentiated interiors. Interiors as unique, beautiful, soulful and loving as you are.


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1900.


Height = 50 cm (19.7")
Width = 44 cm (17.3")
Depth = 4 cm (1.6")

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