Figures Of The Most Beautiful, Useful, And Uncommon Plants , Book, 1755
The Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory, established in London in 1745, was a short
walk from the Chelsea Physic Garden, where the firm’s painters had access
to an abundance of plants for in-person study. This book Figures of the Most
Beautiful… contains drawings of more than 300 specimens of plants from the
Chelsea Physic Garden, which were referenced for the decoration on these ten
plates. While fashionable in subject matter and style, flowers, insects, and leaves
also played a practical role to disguise flaws and imperfections in the plates’
delicate porcelain and glaze
It is credited
Gift of John Donnell Smith, Smithsonian Libraries, QK9 .M64f 1760.
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