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Fruits from the Island of Java ~ Year c.1863

Title: Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l’Ile de Java peints d’après nature…Troisième édition publiée par Merzbach & Falk. Brussels: Librairie Européene, C. Muquardt, [1885].

A set of 8 rare and highly decorative chromolithographic plates of Javanese fruits, hand-finished, each with an English and French corresponding leaf of text. Published by the famous Berthe Hoola van Nooten (1817 Utrecht – 1892 Batavia), a Dutch botanical artist, noted for her botanical plates illustrating this “Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l’Ile de Java” in 1863-64.

In her early twenties, Hoola Van Nooten had accompanied her husband to Jakarta (Batavia), capital of Java, where he died. She was left with debts to pay and a family to support. With great ingenuity, she managed to get a selection of her paintings chromolithographed and published under the title Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l’Ile de Java Peints D’Après Nature , the first edition of which appeared in 1863-4. Van Nooten was clearly more than competent, for the splendid tropical plants… have been depicted with great skill. She managed to accentuate the splendour of each species by adopting a style that combined great precision and clarity with a touch of neo-Baroque exuberance, revelling in the rich forms and colours of the tropics. (L. Tongiorgi Tomasi An Oak Spring Flora p.330).

1) Bananas (Musa Paradisiaca) is the accepted name for the hybrid between Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. Musa species are native to tropical Indomalaya and Australia, and are likely to have been first domesticated in Papua New Guinea.

2) Cashew Tree (Anacardium occidentale), is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple. While the cashew plant is native to northeast Brazil, the Portuguese took it to Goa, India, between 1560 and 1565. From there it spread throughout Southeast Asia and eventually Africa.

3) Purple mangosteen (Garcinia Mangostana), is a tropical evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. It grows mainly in Southeast Asia, southwest India and other tropical areas such as Puerto Rico and Florida where the tree has been introduced.

4) Soursop (Annona muricata), is the fruit of Annona muricata, a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree. The exact origin is unknown; it is native to the tropical regions of the Americas and is widely propagated. It is in the same genus, Annona, as cherimoya and is in the Annonaceae family.

5) Custard-apple (Anona reticulata) is a small deciduous or semi-evergreen tree in the plant family Annonaceae. It is best known for its fruit, called custard apple, a common name it shares with fruits of several other species in the same genus: A.cherimola and A. squamosa or sometimes it is called wild-sweetsop, bull’s heart, bullock’s-heart, or ox-heart. The flavor of the fruit is sweet and pleasant.

6) Cempedak (Artocarpus Polyphema) Commonly known as cempedak (pronounced “chem-pe-dak”), is a species of tree in the family Moraceae, and in the same genus as breadfruit and jackfruit. It is native to southeast Asia, from Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula to the island of New Guinea.

7) Papaya (Carica Papaya), one of the 22 accepted species in the genus Carica of the family Caricaceae. Native to Mexico and northern South America, papaya has become naturalized throughout the Caribbean Islands, Florida, Texas, California, Hawaii, and other tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

8) Java Apple (Fructus Jambosae Domesticae), a plant species native to an area that includes the Greater Sunda Islands, Malay Peninsula and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, but introduced in prehistoric times to a wider area and now widely cultivated in the tropics. In Indonesia it is known as Jambu Air.

(Also Available as reproductions at Bartele Gallery.)

Year: 1885
Condition: Good, some spotting to preliminary leaves or margins.
Medium: Lithograph
Measures: 550 x 392 mm. (each plate)
Inventory No. BG-04680/87

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