Anton Hartinger: Luculia Gratissima. Sweet, Nat. Ord. Rubiaceae, Ostindien
Luculia Gratissima. Sweet,
Nat. Ord. Rubiaceae,
Aus d. Gart. d. Hrn. Baron v. Huegel.
Page size: 56.2 x 42.3 cm ( 22.1 x 16.6 ")
Image size: 44.7 x 34.5 cm ( 17.6 x 13.5 ")
We are certain that anyone seeing the following spectacular chromolithographs of assorted flowers in extraordinarily splendid and stunning hand-color-finishing will be touched by the sheer beauty of these original and extremely rare prints of unique brilliancy, vividness and radiance.
The story: Anton Hartinger (1806 - 1890), was a Viennese artist specialized in flower painting. He was a member of the Viennese Academy of Arts from 1843 to 1851 in the Flower and Fruit School and a pioneer in the field of chromolithography. Lacking money to publish his extraordinary book on flowers he sought investors. And he found them. But it took from 1844 to 1860 to publish his work in 20 installments, seldom more than one set per year. Obviously a period of 16 years is a long time for such venture to keep the sponsors interested. Some may not even have lived to see the final installment printed. That is why there are very few complete copies known worldwide. Only the collections of the Vienna Library and the British Library seem to have complete sets.
We are extremely happy having to offer to our customers the rare opportunity to accquire these very special flower prints from a loose collection. A total of 54 prints (19 of them orchidae- the others follow shortly) are for sale measuring ca. 56 x 42 cm. (22 x 16.5").
The title of the collection: Paradisus Vindobonensis. Abbildungen seltener und schönblühender Pflanzen der Wiener und anderer Museen. Vienna, 1844 - 1860.
This collection has a lithographed title page. It was dedicated to His Majesty Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, the Lombardy and Venice. The collection had no explanatory text.
You can imagine how brilliant and maticulous the hand coloring is! The condition of the individual prints is very good. Spotting is very minimal and if any at all, most of it is in the margins, some miniscule wrinkling. Otherwise clean and fine with wide margins. Prints have attached protective tissue paper which has kept them clean. The tissue is usually somewhat wrinkled, some tissue papers have little tears.
We wish you the utmost pleasure viewing this marvellous and stunningly beautiful and extraordinary collection!