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An Album of botanical and ornithological designs for ceramics.


An Album of botanical and ornithological designs for ceramics.

74 watercolours of flowers and fruits, 12 watercolours of birds and 47 pencil drawings of flowers on the recto of 33 leaves.
4to. [243 x 315 x 10 mm]. Original cloth backed green boards (edges worn).
[France, probably Lunéville, c.1850-1860]

The first 25 leaves are watercolours of flowers, fruits and birds (mostly in pairs) with a few pencil sketches, some of them captioned in pencil, followed by eight leaves of pencil drawings of flowers, and there are 11 blanks at the end.

A very fine series of characteristic designs for faience services, probably associated with the famous factories of Lunéville. Though unsigned, two later notes mention Gallé and Reheimer and another Lunéville - certainly they are very much in the fashionable Lunéville style. The designs are delicate arrangements, highly coloured, and often with a large central motif and subsidiary pattern typical of Lunéville plates.

Stock no. ebc5053

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Price: £4000