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BOTANICAL COLLECTION

PEONY

PAEONIA SUFFRUCTICOSA

This is a form of the Tree Peony or Moutan,which has been a popular garden plant in China since the seventh century.It was first introduced to Europe on the instigation of Sir Joseph Banks by Mr. Duncan, "a medical gentleman" employed by the East India Company in 1787. This form was called "Banksii" and was double, purplish-red at the base fading towards the apex of the petals.The paler form shown here is probably "Rosea Plena", introduced in 1795.

(our painting on this basket is after Redoute's illustrations)

Papier Mache Basket.The background color is mottled hunters green and measures:11"X7 1/4"X11 1/2"


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