19th-Century French Botanical Watercolor.
1829. A matted and framed watercolor painting on paper, measuring approximately 21 1/2 by 15 1/2 inches, signed and dated by the artist, J. Rendle. The painting is of three different flowers: one large red hibiscus; an imperial crown and its seed pods; and two lianne, a French variety of violet. The flowers are pictured with their stems and leaves, the former being intertwined. A lovely composition of rich colors and subtle, delicate detail, with each flower numbered and named in a corresponding handwritten key beneath the painting. Very minor soiling to the paper, else fine in a dark blue mat and gilt-decorated wooden frame. (Item ID: 22019)