Sophie Fauntleroy (American, died 1948) Plants of the California Redwood Forest and other botanical sketches (approximately 944 plates) c. 1906 each 12 x 9in each unframed

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Lot 6029
Sophie Fauntleroy
(American, died 1948)
Plants of the California Redwood Forest and other botanical sketches (approximately 944 plates) c. 1906 each 12 x 9in each unframed

Sold for US$ 4,575 inc. premium

SoMa Estate Auction

17 May 2009, 10:00 PDT

San Francisco

Sophie Fauntleroy (American, died 1948)
Plants of the California Redwood Forest and other botanical sketches (approximately 944 plates) c. 1906
each signed and each inscribed with the name of the flower
watercolor and pencil on paper
each 12 x 9in
each unframed

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Collection of the artist
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California

    Over a period of 42 years, Fauntleroy painted botanical watercolors of native and introduced wild plants of California, the earliest date from 1906. Fauntleroy was chiefly concerned with rendering the plant in as much detail as possible. Fauntleroy represented plants from various parts of California, painting from specimens she collected herself or received from friends including the Academy's eminent botanist, Alice Eastwood, who guided and encouraged her creative work. Shortly before her death, she donated her life's work to the California Academy of Sciences.
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