Flower Botanical Models
Maybe more pretty than real flowers, maybe not, either way…Auch Haben!
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Rare Collection of Four R. Brendel Mixed Media Floral Botanic Models, ca. 1900, Berlin, comprising a monkshood, No. 58, overall, h. 19-1/4″, an evening primrose, No. 99, overall, h. 18-1/2″, a common mallow, No. 92, overall, h. 19″, and a military orchid, No. 81a., overall, h. 9″, mounted on turned ebonized wood and rattan stands, each with the original paper label including the Latin classification. The firm of R. Brendel was founded in Breslau, Poland in 1866 by Carl Robert Brendel (ca. 1821-1898), a native of Reichenbach, Silesia (now Dzierzoniow, Poland). The company produced botanical models of medicinal plants with the assistance of pharmacist Dr. Carl Leopold Lohmeyer (1799-1873) in a wide variety of mixed media: wood, plaster, papier-mache, gelatin, lacquer, etc. The models, distinguished by their large scale, precise detail (often at a microscopic level), and their ability to be dismantled to see interior vegetal anatomy, soon became the industry standard in the golden age of botanical modeling. Brendel later produced agronomic specimens under the direction of Ferdinand Julius Cohn (1828-1898), director of the Breslau Agricultural Station), and by the end of the century the company’s roster of consultants included the most important botanists of the day: Alexander Tschirch (1856-1939) of Bern, Emerich Rathay (1845-1900) of Klosterberg, and Leopold Kny (1841-1916) and Carl Mueller (1855-1907) of Berlin. After Brendel’s death on January 22, 1898, the company was assumed by his son Adolf Reinhold Brendel (1862-1927) who moved the firm to Grunewald, a suburb of Berlin. R. Brendel was by then known throughout the world for its botanical models, winning awards at expositions in Cologne (1890), Chicago (1893), Paris (1900), Santiago (1902), St. Louis (1904) and Brussels (1910). The 1913 sales catalogue – distributed among a network of retailers throughout the world – included over 300 specimens ranging from simple models for high schools to complex assemblages for museums and universities.(read more liveauctioneers.com)