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Jean Theodore Descourtilz bird print Guit guit aux ailes variees

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Descourtilz-08 Guit-guit-aux-ailes-variees


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  • Taken from the original editions
  • Printed in the original size
  • Age resisting white etching paper
  • Archival ink resisting fading for 100 years
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Shipping costs unframed prints:

per order Rest of the World: USD $38

per order EU: USD $25

per order NL: USD $16



A Certified facsimile or actual-size print. We offer a true quality nobody has; and for a price nobody is offering you for a comparable quality. This print was photographed using the latest technology, with a color-checker colour matched to the original illustration and then reproduced at the original plate size. A Museum Quality Limited Edition print, actual-size, signed, numbered and blind stamped. Indistinguishable form the original when glazed and framed.

Title: Guit-guit-aux-ailes-variees

Prints publication: Oiseaux brillians du Bresil. 

Artist: Jean Theodore Descourtilz (c.1796- d.1855)

Paper size: 44,8 x 28,9 cm

About the original: Jean Théodore Descourtilz was a French doctor, artist, ornithologist and the son of a medical botanist, Michel Étienne Descourtilz, for whose Flore pittoresque et medicale des Antilles…(1821-1829) he drew the 600 colored plates. The son was more ornithologist than botanist but one of the signal characteristic of his pictures is the beautiful and correct foliage in which he places his birds. He produced three rare bird books dealing with the avifauna of the Brazilian jungle of which he had first-hand field and museum experience. This one was the first and most beautiful. Oiseaux brillans du Brésil (Paris ca.1834]) is illustrated with 60 folio hand-colored lithographs produced in France. Most plates depicted a single species. There are almost certainly less than 10 complete or nearly complete copies. The Bradley Martin copy lacking one plate fetched $121,000. The book is considered amongst the five most beautiful collections of ornithological prints. The other four are the Audubon folio, Gould's Hummingbirds and Birds of Great Britain and Traviès's Les Oiseaux les plus remarquables. The original hand-colored lithographs are designated “lith de Callier” and were produced in Paris. There was no published text.

Edition: The edition will be limited to 150 prints, numbered 1/150 to 150/150, signed and stamped with a blind embossing.

Certificate of Authenticity: On demand

Source of the original : This Heritage Facsimile Edition print is made from an extremely well-preserved early museum original subscription which has been cared for in the hands of this one owner only – Teylers Museum (the oldest museum of the Netherlands).

Museum Quality: The proofs of our prints are carefully compared and corrected with the originals and the final prints always have the original size. As a result, the naked eye is unable to distinguish the originals from the facsimile prints behind glass.

Durability: To ensure the durability, our facsimiles are printed on 268 g/m acid-free white-edged paper with archive inks. Each facsimile has it all: every incredibly fine line detail of every lithographic plate or engraving; every delicate brushstroke of every original ; even the subtle signs of character and patina the paper shows after 150 years.