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1780 French Mushroom Botanical Plate, Bolet Elegant

$100.00 $150.00
  • 1780 French Mushroom Botanical Plate, Bolet Elegant

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1780 French Mushroom Botanical Plate, Bolet Elegant

$100.00 $150.00

Date: 1780
Size: image 6.75 x 9.25 inches; 11.5 x 14 inches matted
Artist: Unknown

Herbier de la France ou Collection complette des plantes indigenes de ce royaume, was published across thirteen volumes from 1780 to 1793. Written by Pierre Bulliard (1742-1793), the herbarium contained 600 colour plates with anatomical drawings and details on their characteristics and medical uses.

Featured here is the Bolet Elegant, which Bulliard says can be found in the woods and rotten tree stumps in August and September. He notes that the mushroom's cap resembles a piece of leather and dries out easily. Although he says they smell of aniseed, they taste bitter and unpleasant. I guess he wouldn't have been a fan of black licorice then! The delicate drawings and written notes at the bottom of the page makes this antique botanical plate a beautiful addition to any kitchen, restaurant, or area where a little retro decor is needed!

Purchased in Italy, the image measures 6.75 x 9.25 inches and has been matted in cream to 11.5 x 14 inches.