I found this beautiful Jung-Koch-Quentell botanical chart at the Rosebowl Flea Market last weekend. I had not been really happy with the painting I had over the book case in my living room. The scale was off and the image of my Grandmother, though a favorite just didn't fit with the decor.
I think the scale is perfect and the colors are amazing. Originally made in the early 60's, these were educational tools for schools, they are now very collectable. Beautifully printed in Dusseldorf, Germany by Lehrmittelverlag Hagemann and backed with linen. I especially love the use of wooden rods to anchor the chart.
I got a great deal from Jill Kelly Mitchell, who found it in Paris and lives in San Francisco so it made quite the road trip before landing in my little living room. She also sells her wares on Etsy. A quick google and I found the exact chart being sold for several times what I paid. Just be aware, there are a lot of reproductions on the market. If the rods are black, rather than a natural wood color, then it is probably a reproduction. Still a great find but should be considerably cheaper.
If like me you're inspired to learn more about this interesting & unusual art form, you may want to get a copy of this gorgeous book, The Art of Instruction by Katrien Van der Schueren.
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