An exceptionally rare first edition of Antonio Targioni-Tozzetti's "Raccolta di fiori, frutti e agrumi" is currently up for auction at Christie's. This magnificent botanical book showcases a collection of beautifully illustrated flowers and citrus fruits, capturing the essence of Tuscan gardens during the early 19th century. Serving as both a companion and supplement to Giorgio Gallesio's renowned "Pomona Italiana," this complete copy is the only one of its kind found in the auction records of RBH.
Originally initiated by Targioni-Tozzetti's father, Ottavio Targioni Tozzetti, who was a respected botanist and physician from Florence and a close associate of Gallesio. Collaborating with Gallesio and seeking his guidance in selecting skilled artists and engravers, Ottavio laid the foundation for this extraordinary publication. Antonio later joined his father's work at the Giardino dei Semplici and continued this project independently.
The book was initially released as a series of fascicles, each featuring three plates accompanied by text. These captivating illustrations offer insights into the perse flora that adorned Tuscan gardens during that era. Alongside vibrant depictions of flowers, there is an emphasis on citrus fruits, reflecting their popularity among garden enthusiasts in Tuscany at the time.
Headed by auction house Christie's, bidding for this remarkable piece has recently begun with a current bid standing at $10,000. Collectors and enthusiasts alike will undoubtedly recognize the significance and allure of this botanical treasure. With its rarity and historical value, it presents a unique opportunity to own a work that beautifully captures nature's delicate splendor.
As February 2nd, 2024 approaches - marking the end date for this esteemed auction - anticipation grows for potential bidders to secure this extraordinary edition of "Raccolta di fiori, frutti e agrumi." This captivating volume not only encapsulates the flourishing botanical world of early 19th-century Tuscany but also stands as a testament to the skill and dedication of its creators. Don't miss your chance to partake in the bid for a truly exceptional piece of botanical art.
Platform : Christie's
Latest Bid : $10,000
Auction End : Feb 02, 2024
Source : Christie's