— Gorgeous Vegetables

A book published by Taschen documents the collated works of 15 illustrators from the late 1800’s called Album Vilmorin.

There was a time when people weren’t as gastronomically savvy as you and so in those days it was important for certain pioneers to catalogue and document things like vegetables. Grain merchant Philippe Victoire de Vilmorin and his father-in-law Pierre Andrieux, botanist to the King, together formed Vilmorin-Andrieux & Cie and produced their first seed catalogue in 1766.

 

As the business grew they became hugely respected botanical experts and a series of publications followed, culminating in arguably the company’s most famous work Album Vilmorin. Les Plantes potagères (The Vegetable Garden, 1850–1895). For this stunning tome of “agro-botanic iconography” 15 painters were hired to render fruits and vegetables and these illustrations have been collated and republished by pharmaceutical historian Werner Dressendörfer.

 

It’s clearly a significant record of botanical history but it’s also just beautiful, with skill and flair poured into this fairly prosaic topic.

 

Album Vilmorin. Les Plantes potagères is out now from Taschen.

 

Via: It’s Nice That

 

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