Parrots and Toucans by Buffon and Martinet… Looking around for antique parrot prints? Browse my selection of Buffon & Martinet perruches engravings.
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″
Buffon Parrots, Small & Framed, Ready to Hang!
Buffon Parrot Prints Framed! Hand colored 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″
Exquisite Perruches Miniature 18th Century Antique Engravings of Parrots!
Exquisite & Miniature Hand Colored Engravings of Parrots from c.1785-1805. 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 or two for $195. Perruches (parrots) shipped. Call 413-245-4197 to place your order.
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″
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, due to the toxicity of the water colors, which many contained metals. Yet these old prints still exist in superb fine condition. These old parrot prints have exemplary detail. 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, right up through the turn of the 20th Century. Coming from linen, flax, etc, NOT TREES, there was no acid content in the paper. This explains why paper produced in the 20th Century and after, coming from trees, does not last for long.
Decorate Your Space with Antique Parrot and Toucan Prints!
Our stunning parrots by famous French ornithologists and other bird experts will demand attention when you decorate with them! Everything on this webpage is an antique lithograph or hand colored engraving from the 1700’s and 1800’s. Our wonderful old engravings of exotic 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 be a focal point in your home…