Clematis vitalba ‘Old Man’s Beard’ Framed Vintage Floral Botanical Print


Presenting an original vintage botanical print by Elsa M. Felsko, renowned for lifelike depictions of flowers and plants, capturing the intricate beauty of nature with remarkable precision. Each print is professionally framed in an elegant gold frame and floated on a lush green mat.

Print size: 9.5 x 6.5 in (24 x 16.5 cm)

Frame size: 18 x 15 in (45 x 38 cm)

Introducing the captivating Clematis vitalba, aka Old Man’s Beard, the blooms of which are characterized by long silky appendages, resembling the whimsical appearance of old man’s beard.

While native to Eurasia and North Africa, Clematis vitalba thrives in moist climates with warm summers, gracing landscapes with its enchanting presence. It flourishes throughout England, Wales, and even reaches the southern highlands of Scotland.

This versatile plant holds a rich history of utility and folklore. In ancient times, its stems were fashioned into rope and used for weaving baskets, showcasing its enduring practicality. In culinary traditions, its sprouts are harvested for omelettes in Italy, adding a touch of flavor to local delicacies.

Beyond its practical uses, Clematis vitalba plays a vital role in wildlife habitats, attracting pollinating insects during the day and providing a valuable food source for birds with its seedheads. Steeped in mythology, its Latin name derives from the Greek word for shoot, reflecting its climbing nature, while folklore portrays it as both a symbol of joy and a cunning intruder in the natural world.

Embrace the timeless beauty and multifaceted charm of Clematis vitalba, a beloved inhabitant of hedgerows and countryside landscapes, enriching both nature and tradition with its presence.

Felsko’s dedication to both artistic excellence and scientific accuracy makes her work coveted by botanical enthusiasts, interior decorators, or anyone seeking to infuse their space with the beauty of nature. Each print measures approximately 24 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6.5 in), and is framed with generous matting adding depth and dimension to the artwork. with an overall frame size of 18 x 15 inches (approximately 45 x 38 cm.)

Elsa Maria Felsko-Schülke (1908 Berlin – 1987 Berlin) was a famed German flower painter and botanist. She studied graphics and design at the Textile School in Berlin, and studied botanical illustration at the University of Göttingen under the botanist Robert Pilger. She initially worked as a botanical illustrator at the University of Göttingen and later for Robert Pilger at the Botanical Museum in Berlin-Dahlem.

This is an original vintage print, not a copy or reproduction. Please note all sales are final!

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