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Royal Cherries Lithograph. Pierre Joseph Redoute. 1954.


£140 | $195 USD | €163 EUR
Item Number: SA771505
Date of manufacture: 1950
Current Status: For sale
Seller: The Lithograph Archive
This antique has been viewed 18 times in the past month with the most views from France.


Pierre-Joseph RedoutÚ (1759-1840) was one of the most talented botanical artists ever known. He is also possibly the most popular botanical artist in history - his sharpened observation and individual creativeness distinguishing him as a true artist as opposed to being an illustrator. RedoutÚ was fortunate to become an artist who was patronized by the kings of France from Louis XVI to Louis-Philippe. His profile also has a unique claim to fame. His status and reputation was enhanced in no small way due to his patronage by two of the premier first ladies of European history - Marie Antoinette and Josephine Bonaparte. Whilst he is most famed for Les Roses (1817 - 21) he also created extraordinary studies of Fruits and Flower, a collection of which we offer. RedoutÚ's original watercolours are characterised by subtle gradations of tone and when exploring methods for accurately reproducing his paintings RedoutÚ's selected stipple engraving which produced simply astonishing and exquisite plates. RedoutÚ's plates have artistic value, and botanical and documentary value, both for the species and cultivars still surviving and for those that have disappeared.
Here we are delighted to offer a very fine 'Royal Cherries' lithograph. Closer inspection of the fruits shows the most incredible detailing, astonishing shading and graduation, incredible use of tone and colours. The plates are so fine they appear three dimensional.
The lithograph was printed by hand in 1954 by K.G. Lohse of Frankfurt, made using the original 'stipple' engraving plate from the hand of Pierre Joseph RedoutÚ. This plate is near identical to those produced with RedoutÚ's oversight, the tones, textures, details are astonishing. This is a very, very fine plate indeed.
The lithograph is mounted in a luxury handmade, hand-finished and wonderfully gilded hammered wooden frame with a confidently proportioned decorated mount. A fine gold fillet has been added as a very sophisticated contrast for the plate. The frame is renaissance gold (the main face features thick foil incorporating real gold) and with good light this piece just glows, with a wonderful, deep and warm gold tone (even our professional photographs can't adequately capture the beautiful frame colour). The glass is museum quality with low reflection, amazing colour transparency and high U.V. absorption to protect the works. The archival acid-free materials and professional techniques used to protect and frame this work will ensure that it continues to be enjoyed for many decades to come.
The framed Lithograph measures 57cm tall by 48cm wide.
The work can be shipped, at cost, within the UK or Internationally.
A timeless and effortlessly sophisticated collection of highly decorative and professionally framed fine, rare, old and vintage hand coloured lithographs, chromolithographs, lithographs and etchings.


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1950.


Height = 58 cm (22.8")
Width = 47 cm (18.5")
Depth = 4 cm (1.6")

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