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In Victorian England, and in other cultures, flowers were used to convey specific meanings and messages, especially in the coy rituals of courtship.
Botanical Cards - "The secret Language of Flowers" brings together the Secret Language of Flowers with the treasured artwork of Pierre-Joseph Redouté. Each Botanical Inspirations card features a thoughtful quotation that alludes to the symbolism of the flower. From the demure violet to the noble magnolia, all flowers have stories to tell and lessons to share.
One of the simplest things to do would be to draw one card per day and use it as a meditation and inspiration source.
This charming gift set includes:
- 44 cards with quotations and flower meanings
- Drawstring 100% cotton pouch with gold foil Archivo logo
About the Illustrator Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840)
Pierre-Joseph Redouté was born to a Flemish family of decorative painters. As a young man he went to Paris, where he began painting the flowers of the royal gardens. His detailed etchings caught the attention of botanists who taught him more about the anatomy of plants and artists who introduced him to a new watercolor technique for illustrating flowers. Marie Antoinette hired Redouté to decorate the walls of her château. By the late 1790s Redouté had become the most famous and sought after flower painter in Europe. Empress Josephine invited him to come to Château de Malmaison to paint the flowers in her magnificent garden, which held over 200 varieties of roses. Between 1817 and 1824 Redouté published a three-volume collection of his rose paintings called Les Rose, his most famous publication. Since roses were Redouté’s trademark, we have included four of his rose paintings in this Botanical Inspirations deck.