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Elegant Pyrus Niedzwetzkyana Chromolithograph. Henry G Moon. 1903

REF: LA334235
The ancient fruit and nut forests on Central Asia have often been described as the original Garden of Eden; bursting with flowers and edible fruits. These forests contain the wild, living relatives of many domesticated fruit and nut varieties (including apples, almonds and pears) but many of these wild relatives are rare and highly threatened including Niedzwetzky’s apple. This plate is very fine indeed, with beautiful pink and magenta apple flowers arching dramatically across the plate. The colours are simply wonderful and the contrast of the flowers against the textured and finely graduated leaves is beautiful. The lithograph is mounted in a bespoke handmade and hand-finished quality and gilded wooden frame with a confidently proportioned decorated mount. A fine gold fillet has been added as a very sophisticated contrast for the plate. The glass is museum quality with low reflection, amazing colour transparency and high U.V. absorption to protect the works. The archival materials and professional techniques used to protect and frame this work will ensure that it continues to be enjoyed for many decades to come. Chromolithograph is 30cm tall by 23cm wide. The framed plate is 49cm tall by 41cm wide. William Robinson was a horticultural pioneer to whom modern gardening style owes much. He was instrumental in breaking away from the intensely formalized tradition of stylized bedding to a more relaxed and natural use of perennials and the “wild garden.” He is considered the father of modern English gardening. As publisher of Flora and Sylva (1903-05), he found the perfect illustrator in Henry G Moon, whom he met when Moon responded to an advertisement Robinson had placed. Moon, a well-educated young man from a prosperous family, had been forced to go to work in a solicitor’s office when his father’s premature death left the family in impecunious circumstances. Robinson hired him to illustrate Flora and Sylva, where Moon developed the characteristic elegant style which showed each plant in its full beauty without the overblown rendering and artificial enhancement so typical of the Victorian era botanical illustration. Later, Moon married Frederick Sander’s daughter and went on to create his masterpiece in the orchid illustrations for the magnificent Sander’s Reichenbachia,. The Flora and Sylva was a deluxe publication largely illustrated by Moon from plants in the collections of prominent botanical gardens, country houses and nurseries such as Kew Gardens, Sanders’ Nursery, Gravetye and Worley Place. The highly decorative chromolithographed plates were produced by G. Severeyns and their successor J.L. Goffart. They are of the finest quality, in brilliant deep and textured color on soft white, thick paper. The plates have MAGNIFICENT depth of colour and texture (it's really challenging to capture this in photographs). The plate is also an extremely rare one, 'Flora and Sylva ' would have been an expensive periodical with each edition limited to 100 or so copies, the vast majority of which would have been lost as time and wars have passed. This plate is almost certainly one of just a very limited few still in existence. Chromolithography is a unique method for making multi-colour prints which became the most successful method of colour printing developed by the 19th Century. The initial technique involved the use of multiple lithographic stones, one for each colour, and whilst extremely expensive was used for the best quality results. Depending on the number of colours present, a chromolithograph could take even very skilled workers months to produce. To make this, expensive, reproduction which was once referred to as a 'chromo' a lithographer, with a finished painting in front of him, gradually created and corrected the many stones using proofs to deliver a lithograph as much as possible like the original painting.


49 cm
41 cm
4 mm


Greystones Fine Interiors has clarified that the Elegant Pyrus Niedzwetzkyana Chromolithograph. Henry G Moon. 1903 (LA334235) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1903



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