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1803 Sellier after Bessa and Redoute - Spartium - 51 x 34 cm. Hand coloured - Botany

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Sellier, François Noël (b.1737) after; Pancrace Bessa (1772–1846) and Pierre-Joseph (1759-1840)

SPARTIUM sericeum

51 x 34 cm. Hand coloured

From the series:

VENTENAT, Etienne Pierre (1757-1808). 

Choix de plantes, dont la plupart sont cultivées dans le jardin de Cels. 

Paris: Crapelot, 'An XI - 1803' [1803-1808].

Redouté (1759-1840), the most celebrated student of Gerard Van Spaëndonck was, during the course of his long career, both 'Dessinateur du Cabinet de Marie-Antoinette' and 'Peintre de Fleurs' to Josephine Beauharnais. The latter commissioned him to make an artistic record of her garden of rare plants at Malmaison. The result, a collaboration with Ventenat, was the famous Jardin de Malmaison (1803-04). This present work, published around the same time, is further testimony to their successful collaboration. '[I]n terms of sustained consistency of quality over a vast output, Redouté has no parallel in the history of flower painting' (E. Hardouin-Fugier and E. Grafe, French Flower Painters of the 19th Century, 1989, p.334). 

References: Nissen BBI 2047; Stafleu & Cowen, VI 16.008.