A HAND-COLORED LITHOGRAPH, "ROSES MOUSSEUSES, ROSE JAUNE-SONFRE."

(Paris: François Delarue, ca. 1845). 546 x 413 mm. (21 1/2 x 16 1/4").

Attractively matted. A LOVELY HAND-COLORED LITHOGRAPH OF PINK AND YELLOW ROSES BY GROBON FRÈRES AFTER REDOUTÉ, the image with arched top, done on a thick piece of creamy-white stock, the flowers against a light gray background. A number of tiny, faint freckles of foxing to background, otherwise clean and bright, with strong, pleasing colors.

This charming piece seems to be a very special part of the famous tradition of rose illustrations by Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840), the Belgian painter and botanist known as the "Raphael of flowers." His talent was such that it transcended turbulent politics, enabling him to serve as court painter both to Marie Antoinette and to Napoleon's empress, Josephine, for whom he immortalized the blossoms in her famous garden at Malmaison. The brothers François Frédéric Grobon (1815-1901/1902) and Anthelme Eugène Grobon (1820-78) were lithographers trained in Lyon who produced several collections of botanical prints as well as a book of instruction for aspiring artists. The delicate delineation and careful coloring give the roses here an extremely realistic, almost three-dimensional, quality--one is sure the drop of dew on the leaf will leave a wet mark on the paper. In any case, the print may have been part of the Redouté "Collection de Beaux Bouquets Lithographies" published by Delarue ca. 1845 and described in "Great Flower Books" as an extremely rare collection of plates not appearing in or based on any other Redouté publication.
(ST10675)