Details on these richly colored placemats are from Phytanthoza Iconigraphica, by Johann Wilhelm Weinmann (1683-1741).
Weinmann was an apothecary, botanist, and judge in Regensburg, Germany. He commissioned Phytanthoza Iconigraphica, a multivolume work published between 1736 and 1741 featuring over 1,000 hand-colored engravings, in order to illustrate the plants contained in his garden and herbarium. The plates were made after drawings by numerous artists, including several hundred by botanical illustrator Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-70) who eventually won great renown for the splendor and accuracy of his work. These engravings are fine examples of the earliest attempts at color printing from a single plate; the colors were applied directly to the plate, an impression was taken, and then the plate was re-inked. In addition to being a beautifully illustrated botanical work, this book is a record of many lost varieties that are no longer grown.
Sturdily made to last, these cork-backed placemats can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. The set comes elegantly packaged in a custom New York Botanical Garden box with silver foil stamping. An insert provides information on the original work of botanical art from the Rare Book Collections of the Mertz Library here at the Garden.Set of 4. 17''W x 11 1/2''H