Camellia Giovanni Rostan

Ambroise Alexandre Verschaffelt

VELE198.03

The Verschaffelts were a family of Belgian nurserymen specializing in camellias. They published the newly introduced species and hybrids in this very rare and monumental work from 1848-1860. The fine plates were drawn by Bernard Lon, L. Stroobant and son.

Nouvelle iconographie des camellias: contenant les figures et la description des plus rares....
Belgum, 1848-49
Chromolithograph
6.75" x 10" paper size
Condition: A

  • Price: $100.00 { What determines value? }

    Many factors go into pricing a print; rarity, desirability, artist, condition, age, and the history of former sales prices.


    “Weeds & Roses” A good analogy for how the pricing of a print is determined from desirability is my description of "Weeds and Roses". It actually works with a number of publications from Audubons to Atlases. 

    O.K., let's take a complete first edition set of Audubon's Birds of America- 435 Plates, printed by Robert Havell. The Wild Turkey & The Flamingo will be the “Roses”, they are the major plates. These images are usually more desirable making them the most expensive, in upwards of $200,000.

    The Song Birds or "Tweety" birds are the minor plates, or "Weeds". These images are usually less desirable making them less expensive, as low as $2,000.

    However, not everyone prefers roses over weeds. Just because one is more expensive does not mean it is more beautiful to you. Art is a personal preference and you should always go with what stands out to you :)