A collection of watercolours of local flora made for presentation to Franz Joseph I, to celebrate 600 years of Habsburg rule of Carniola.
Eur 18,000 / USD 20,700
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Folio (550 x 390mm). 30 sheets of original watercolours by ? A. Guaiz, the first with the arms of the Duchy of Carniola (Krain) surmounted by the imperial crown, with dates 1283-1883, surrounded by a garland and signed by the artist. Housed in a velvet-covered box with the monogram of Franz Joseph I.
A unique work on the flowers of Carniola, which comprises parts of present-day Slovenia
A unique work on the flowers of Carniola, which comprises parts of present-day Slovenia. The watercolours are of a very high standard and painted by a skilled artist. The artist's name on the first plate is difficult to read. The plants have captions in Slovenian, Latin and German. One of the plates show the Carniolan Primrose or 'Primula Carniolica' a plant which grows in hardly accessible areas and is only found in Slovenia, where it is nowadays protected. Another figures the Carniolan Lily 'Lilium Carniolicum', a lily native to the Balkans. The plants are painted on thick boards and are all well preserved and fresh.