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Experts & Objects: Flora Danica

Assistant Curator of Botany, Deborah Metsger explores the 18th century botanical masterpiece Flora Danica, and the connections between botanical illustrations and floral decoration on ceramics.

Bromus benekenii
Flora Danica, t. 2826   
original engraved print,
Georg Christian Oeder et. al, 1700’s-1800’s
private collection

Plate with the ‘Flora Danica’ pattern
Royal Copenhagen Manufactory, Denmark
Hard-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels and gold
On Loan from The Gardiner Museum, Toronto. The Vernon W. Armstrong Collection, G91.7.74
Viola canina from Flora Danica, fasicle 45, t. 2646
Reproduction print
Georg Christian Oeder et. al, 1700s–1800s

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Authored by: Kait Sykes

Authored by: Kait Sykes