Auricula Plant in a Wooden Planter
Continental: Late 18th Century
Watercolor on paper
18.75 x 13.25 inches
22.5 x 17.25 inches, grain-painted wood frame
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Original watercolor botanical still life study of an auricula plant in a wooden staved planter, sitting on a ledge, all within a yellow painted border. The flowers are a deep maroon red with yellow centers. Auriculas are part of the primula family. Ornamental varieties became very popular during the late 18th century and into the 19th century, with breeders competing for prizes at horticultural competitions. This painting was executed on laid paper with a watermark design incorporating a crown atop a column.