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Robert Furber (After Pieter Casteels) 
TWELVE MONTHS OF FLOWERS: A PAIR OF ENGRAVINGS
Two engraving, colored by hand, by Henry Fletcher, London, 1730. Each in gold leaf frame.

lot includes: January — July

sheet size approximately: 448 by 337 mm  17 5/8 by 13 1/4  


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Fine examples of celebrated images from Furber's renowned series Twelve Months of Flowers, here with excellent contemporary hand-coloring

From the first edition of "a celebrated flower catalogue published by Robert Furber, a nurseryman from Kensington, then on the outskirts of London. Twelve Months of Flowers presented almost 400 different flowering species, grouped according to the month in which they flower. Reflecting in style the grand manner of the Baroque period, the flowers are arranged in elaborate bouquets and placed in elegant urns. Next to each flower appears a number, which corresponds to a name in the key printed at the bottom of the plate on either side of a cartouche inscribed with the name of one of the months of the year.

Twelve Months was conceived as a flower catalogue, but its commercial function was adroitly veiled and the artistic quality of its illustrations distinguishes it from the more modest pamphlets generally produced by floriculturalists, including Furber himself, in this period. For the work Furber sought the collaboration of Pieter Casteels (1684-1749), an artist from Antwerp who had achieved great renown throughout England for his paintings of birds and flowers, which decorated the walls of many aristocratic homes. Casteels designed the plates, which were then engraved by Henry Fletcher.

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