antique prints, maps and watercolors

(Lime) Nurembergiische Hesperides. Nuremberg, 1708-14. On-hold

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Volckamer was a wealthy Nuremberg merchant. He was part of the new monied class of gentlemen who could afford to maintain hothouses where they grew tropical plants year round despite the harsh winters of northern Europe.  Volckamer's famous work, Nurnbergische Hesperides was published in Nuremberg between 1708 and 1714.  Many aspects of the style of Volckamer's engravings exhibit his familiarity with the monograph on citrus produced by Giovanni Ferrari's half a century before, but Volckamer's images include remarkable backgrounds which are the hallmark of his work. His team of artists and engravers presented monumentally scaled prize varieties of fruit floating above far distant yet remarkably detailed landscapes of idealized European palaces, gardens and bucolic views. The striking images are appreciated by modern day collectors as records of garden planning as well as for their unusual compositions.

Perfectly round small lime with leaves and stems floating above a putti holding a red ribbon with title. All floating above bucolic landscape of lake and red roofed buildings surrounded by deep forest. Men shotting birds in foreground.

Copperplate engraving with modern hand color.
14 ¼ x 9 inches sheet.
Excellent condition, clean and sharp impression, small margins.