Size: 13.5 x 18 inches (framed)
Artist: Jules Troncy
These two plates from the turn of the century are botanical plant studies from a French encyclopedia titled "Ampélographie: Traité général de viticulture" which translates to "Ampelography: General Treatise on Viticulture," also known as "Ampelography Viala and Vermorel." Considered a monumental work which was published in seven volumes between 1901-1910 and describes 5,200 grape varieties and illustrates more than 500 in full colour. Dedicated solely to ampelography (the identification and classification of grapevines), the book was published under the direction of Pierre Viala (1859-1936), the general inspector of viticulture, and Victor Vermorel (1848-1927) an industrialist.
An additional 85 people contributed to the series, including artists J. B. Drouot, Henri Gillet, Alexis Kreÿder, and Jules Troncy. Troncy illustrated both of these plates: Bicane - a variety of white grapes - and gonçalo pirés, a red grape variety.
These framed botanical plates are incredibly detailed and delicately coloured. They would add a sense of charm and elegance to any room, office, or even country house!