antique prints, maps and watercolors

Signs of spring abound

in the world around us and in our collections of antique botanicals. 

Ferrari used unfurling ribbons to identify the lemons, limes and oranges he depicted in the mid 17th century in the earliest book devoted to citrus.  

Volckamer
 took up the citrus theme again a half a century later but included fascinating details of European gardens and palaces.

In addition to fruit, Weinman depicted trees, flowers, vegetables, cacti succulents and these fabulous daffodils. 

Hill's work was fittingly entitled Eden; or, A Compleat Body of Gardening with 60 engravings of plants illustrating his instructions for “the art of constructing a garden for use and pleasure.”

In 1839-43, Berlese worked with a team of talented engravers to create the definitive monograph on camellias.

Thornton put a new spin on botanical illustration with his romantic and exotic settings.

Nineteenth century periodicals were created with beautifully engraved prints of flowers such as the work we feature by Penelope of Maandwerk.

Hollie Powers Holt and Denise DeLaurentis
 

 

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Giovanni Ferrari. Hesperodes... Rome, 1646

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Johann Christopher Volckamer. Nurnbergische Hesperides... 1708-14

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Johann Wilhelm Weinman, Phytanthoza Iconographia. 1737-42

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John Hill. Eden... London, 1756-57

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Abbe Laurent Berlese. Iconographie... Camellia. Paris 1839-43

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Robert John Thornton. Temple of Flora. London, 1812

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A.B. Meerten. Penelope of Maandwerk. Amsterdam, 1822-35.

Recent Acquisitions

Fine Antique Prints offers for sale fine, decorative, affordable, original antique prints and maps. Our collection includes botanicals of the 17th through early 20th centuries including Besler, Sweert, De Passe, Ferrari, Weinmann, Brookshaw, Redoute, Thornton and Curtis, bird prints including Audubon, Catesby, Gould, Nozeman, Edwards, and Martinet, and other natural history such as shells, butterflies, fish, etc. Architectural prints, garden plans, and college views are popular specialities. Our maps depict places around the world and as well as those closer to our galleries in the Philadelphia area. Our landscape and city views include vacation destinations such as Nantucket, Cape Cod, Maine, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, the American West and scenes from around the world. Most are inexpensive reminders of favorite places and make excellent gifts. We have a large selection of antique prints of Native Americans including Bodmer, Catlin, McKenney and Hall and Curtis. Please visit our site often as we are expanding our offerings and remember, fine things never go out of style.

Contact us or call 610-687-2552 with specific inquires or to talk about what we might have of interest.
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