Watercolor on paper. 13 ⅞ x 9 ⅞ inches. Signed and dated lower right; title on lower left; additional annotations on lower right.
Charles Storer (1817-1907) was an American artist active in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is known for gorgeous and delicate watercolor botanicals and landscape paintings. Many works by this artist have been sold at auction, including 'ORCHIDS' sold at Sotheby's New York “American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture” in 2006 for $13,200.
The present composition features a stunning portrait of the Cypripedium Curtisii superbum orchid. Storer captures the unique shape and character of this plant with a precision reminiscent of the great flower painter Redoute.
This work was a part of the incredible collection of watercolor orchids gifted to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society by famed botanist Oakes Ames (1874 - 1950), grandson of the wealthy businessman Oakes Ames Sr. The younger Ames fostered a love of orchids as a teenager, collecting rare specimens as early as age fifteen. Through his life’s work on the orchid family, he and his wife Blanche unveiled the mysteries of this strangely beautiful plant species to the rest of the world.
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