Vintage Botanical Prints - May Apple & Mexican Poppy - 1950's Bookplate No. 141, 142 from Wild Flowers of America by Mary Vaux Walcott Printed in 1953
Until it was properly classified in the 1800's, Mayapples had been perplexing botanists and flower lovers for over two centuries. Some thought they were medicinal plants, some thought they were Poppy flowers, some thought they were errant meadow flowers. American botanist, Asa Gray proved them all wrong in the early 1800's by determining that they were part of the barberry family, a collection of 18 flowering plants.
This vintage two-sided botanical print was rescued from the book, Wild Flowers of America published in 1953. Containing dozens of watercolor portraits painted by Mary Vaux Wolcott (1860-1940) in the 1920's, the large folio-sized book featured some of the most common and exotic flowers that graced our mid-century American landscape. From Alaska to Maine, Canada to Mexico and each and every state in-between, a gorgeous array of color and unique botanicals were represented to encapsulate the collective beauty of our stunning continent. The book was in a fretfully destructive state, but many prints were able to be salvaged, so look for others in the shop. These make wonderful wall collages when paired together in similar color groups or, if you are limited on wall space, one or two add a cheerful touch to any area that needs a bit of beauty.
- Bookplate 141 features the May-Apple - Padphyllum Peltatum
- Bookplate 142 features the Mexican Poppy - Eschscholtzia Mexicana
- Botanical names appear at the bottom of each floral portrait
- Contains the following colors: white, gold, pumpkin, avocado, lime green, pea green, orange and pale teal
In lovely condition. Bright and clean! The edge of the may-apple side bears a small ragged edge section on the left edge. The Mexican poppy side bears a small stain near the right edge. Please see photos.
Measures 8.25" inches (width) x 11.75" inches (length)
Styling options abound here! You can frame a batch of them and hang them collage style, or select one or a few and tack them to your wall for a more casual look. Because they are two-sided, they also look great in floating frames that can then be used as partial screens or transition pieces between rooms. To gather more ideas visit this spot on Pinterest:
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