Parrots Toucans – Buffon Martinet

Parrots and Toucans by Buffon and Martinet. Browse our 18th& 19th century engravings of Perroquets, Ara & Psittacidae. They are 18th & 19th century watercolor engravings. Some of our antique prints are framed and ready to hang on your wall. Furthermore, all of them are over 100 years old.

18th century Psittacinae engravings

Buffon Perruche Miniatures – Exquisite Antique Parrot Engravings!

Exquisite & Miniature watercolor engravings of parrots from c.1785-1805.  Each piece is about 120 years old. Coming from a tiny German edition of George Leclerc Compte de Buffon’s work on parrots. German water colored copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid rag. Miniature in size @4×6″ $115. each. Three or more Perruches are $100. each shipped.  Call 413-245-4197 to place your order.

Buffon Martinet Perruches 18th Century Hand Colored Engravings!

Find authentic antique lithographs & hand colored engravings by Martinet Parrots or Perruches in French from 1770-1783.  The work of Francois Nicolas Martinet, one of France’s foremost bird illustrators of the eighteenth century.  Each piece is a copper plate engraving on hand made hand laid linen rag with water color illumination that was added at the time of production. This was a monumental effort to catalog 1035  known species of ornithological species of birds.  A staff of 70 people, feverishly worked for an astounding 13 years to complete this amazing work by Francois Martinet.

Each hand colored copper plate engraving measures 8 1/2 x 11″

Martinet Buffon Yellow Parrot Engraving 13

Buffon Parrots, Small & Framed, Ready to Hang

Buffon Parrot Prints Framed.  Hand watercolor copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid rag paper.  This is the work of George LeClerc Compte de Buffon, a FAVORITE FAMOUS French Naturalist.  A considerably rare German edition published in the late 18th Century from 1785 to 1804.  Each old print has been framed with archival materials to protect them. Each piece measures 11 x 12″ 

Francois Martinet Toucans from Paris, France 1770-1883

Rare hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made laid linen rag.  Superb color and condition,  9×11″


History Behind Old Books

18th and 19th Century craftsmen produced these antique prints. The workmanship required to publish the parrots and toucans by Buffon and Martinet during the 19th Century was astonishing. Every part of production mandated expert craftsmen.  Our old and rare copper plate engravings of parrots were water colored by hand during the years they were published. The paper was difficult to acquire, the engraver would have to re engrave another plate after just 300 strikes, due to the naturally soft surface of the copper plate.

The water colorists would die at young ages. A result of the watercolor toxicity. Many contained metals. Yet these old prints exist in superb condition. The old parrot prints are highly detailed. They have lasted for all these years, primarily due to the high quality of the rag paper. Paper during the 1700’s was literally made of rags. High quality rag paper was used in printing through the turn of the 20th Century. The material was not acidic. It was made from linen, flax, and literally rag clothes. there was no acid content in the paper. In conclusion this explains why paper produced during the 20th Century does not last for long. It is made from trees which is completely acidic and ruins after time. Rag paper is timeless in truth.

Learn more about different editions of Buffon & Martinet editions & see more prints.

Read a Scholarly Work on Different Buffon & Martinet Editions.

Read this scholarly article about different editions of Buffon & Martinet’s work on ornithology. The article covers the watercolors, paper quality and more. It was recently published and is interesting to see the comparisons of editions. Martinet’s engravings in Buffon (1770–83): variation in their hand-colouring and its implications for defining Echo Parakeet Psittacula eques (Boddaert, 1783) (

New ideas for decorating your personal environment with antique prints.

Find additional ideas for your home’s wall decor with subjects we specialize in. We pride ourselves on our collection. Bright watercolors & excellent conditions make our collection of old prints above others. Please feel free to call and discuss your own project. Anne may have options to help you achieve your goals.

Our old engravings of parrots by French ornithologists will get attention when you decorate with them. Everything on this webpage is an antique lithograph or hand watercolor engraving from the 1700’s and 1800’s. Our wonderful old engravings of parrots and toucans include the work of George Leclerc Compte de Buffon and Francois Martinet.  Fascinate yourself when you decorate with antique parrot prints. They will capture your interest and your guests. Phone Us: 413-245-4197.   Email: Thank you for visiting!

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