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Pierre-Joseph Redout (1759-1840)
Pierre-Joseph Redout (1759-1840)

Bulbine frutescens (St. Bruno's Lily)

Pierre-Joseph Redout (1759-1840)
Bulbine frutescens (St. Bruno's Lily)
signed 'P. J. Redout' (lower left)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with bodycolour, on vellum
19.1/8 x 13.3/8 in. (48.6 x 34 cm.)
Empress Josephine, by descent to
Prince Eugne de Beauharnais, thence by descent to the Dukes of Leuchtenberg.
Bibliothque Eugne de Beauharnais; Braus-Riggenbach and Hoepli, Zrich, 23 May 1935, part of lot 82.
Erhard Weyhe, New York, before 1945.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's New York, 20 November 1985, lot 284.

Lot Essay

The Bulbine frutescens, previously known as Anthericum is a succulent branching shrub native to the East Cape of South Africa. It was first introduced into England in 1702.
Redout was determined for Les Liliaces to be a work of both scientific and artistic importance and this desire is born out in his wonderful sense of design in the composition of sheet. The stem of the plant has been cut and inserted into the fleshy entwined leaves to allow the drawing to completely fill the vellum.

Included in the lot is the vellum page from the original album that gives the author's text on the species. The text mentions the 'fleshy rambling root' and notes that it is a perennial plant.

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