Vintage Bird Botanical Print - Kentucky Warbler - 1950s Menaboni Bird Bookplate
I've never met a Kentuckian who wasn't either thinking about going home or actually going home. Happy Chandler
This vintage Kentucky Warbler bird print bookplate was rescued from a 1950 book of bird prints destined for destruction. Highly detailed and very colorful it is from a painting by Italian transplant turned Southern artist, Athos Menaboni (1895-1990). Athos, along with his wife Sara were passionate about the natural wildlife surrounding their adopted city of Atlanta, GA . In particular they were captivated by the numerous array of colorful and exotic birds that passed through the Southern region of the U.S. Setting out to record their color and fine feather detailing in paints and drawings, Athos captured pairs of birds in their natural settings, while Sara contributed naturalist style writing about their own observations of living among the wildlife in the sub-tropical garden paradise that is Atlanta. Their words and images were compiled in a highly acclaimed book titled Menaboni's Birds in 1950 which was lauded for its exquisite detailing and brightly colored renderings of some of the American South's most beautiful birds. This beautifully rendered kingfisher print, captures their animated appearance and gorgeous coloring.
- Includes a complimentary array the following colors: green, gold, orange, beige, seafoam, butter yellow and grey
- Kentucky Warbler couples match in both color and size, so this pair looks a bit like twins.
- Two eggs are featured in the nest at bottom
- A naturalist's description of warbler characteristics can be found on the reverse side
- Ultra crisp and clear lines
Clean and clear of spots or foxing this pirint is in great condition. Slight yellowing around the edges produces a lovely natural vignette that draws your eye towards the birds.
Print measures 8.75" inches (width) x 12" inches (length)
Bright and colorful, this print pairs nicely with a variety of colors and design aesthetics including emerald green velvet, dark wood shades and industrial greys.