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      Sale 2384 | Lot 303
      Price Realized: $30,000With Buyer's Premium
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      • Sale 2384 Lot 303

        REDOUTE'S WATERCOLOR OF THE SAFFRON FLOWER. REDOUTÉ, PIERRE-JOSEPH. [Crocus sativus] Finished drawing executed in watercolor, graphite, and ink on fine vellum, signed lower left in brown ink: P. J. Redouté. 475x355 mm sheet size; fine condition. Matted and framed, with letterpress vellum text leaf. [Malmaison, France; 1802-16]

        Estimate $12,000 - 18,000

        Crocus sativus, sometimes called the saffron crocus, is well known for producing the spice saffron as parts of its flowers. The saffron threads and styles are clearly visible in this watercolor, protruding from the blooming flower on the left.

        Saffron production in France reached its height in the 18th century, but by the time Redouté painted his portrait of the flower, crops were in decline, and much of the supply was coming from the Middle East.

        Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $30,000