Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz (1731-1807) was a French naturalist, physician, and lawyer. He published Collection precieuse et enluminée... in 1776, toward the end of the European chinoiserie movement; it was the first Western publication to include the work of native Chinese artists. With its distinctive styling, this masterpiece was intended to engage decorative artists and naturalists alike. The two volumes of this rare publication feature elaborately colored plates that depict plants of China and Europe alongside birds, butterflies, and insects.
The twelve images here were selected from Collection precieuse et enluminée... in the collection of The New York Botanical Garden's LuEsther T. Mertz Library.