Natural History Art Treasures under $10,000

Natural history art treasures under $10,000

Collecting original art doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, there are a surprising number of original prints and paintings that can be acquired with a modest to moderate investment. This article examines some of Joel Oppenheimer Gallery’s best finds under $10,000!

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Antique Original Wildlife Prints

 

John James Audubon

As the most notable early contributor to wildlife art in America, John James Audubon revolutionized the field by marrying artistry with scientific illustration in his Birds of America folio. His most desirable hand-colored engravings command upwards of $250,000 each, and more than 11 million for a complete Havell edition set.

However, despite this pricey precedent, antique original Audubon prints can be acquired for a very reasonable price. For example, Audubon’s Havell Ed. Pl 114, White-crowned Sparrow can enrich your art collection for only $6,500. This original 19th-century engraving boasts rich hand-applied color, intricate detail, and an attractive composition on a full double-elephant-size sheet of Whatman paper.

Havell Edition – Antique Originals

Audubon Havell Ed. Pl 114, White-crowned Sparrow

$6,500.00

Original Havell double-elephant folio hand-colored Engraving | circa 1827-1838 | 36 x 25.13 inches

Bien Edition - Antique Originals

Audubon Bien Ed. Pl. 280 White-headed Pigeon

$9,500.00

Original Chromolithograph | circa 1858-1860 | 39 x 26 inches

Similarly, Pl. 280 White-headed Pigeon from Audubon’s Bien edition can be acquired for $9,500. This vibrant and dramatic depiction captures a tender moment between the two birds. Coming from Audubon’s Bien edition – the rarest of his double-elephant folios – this print is an excellent way to add an original Audubon to your collection.

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Bien Edition - Antique Originals

Audubon Bien Ed. Pl. 465 Great Auk

$18,000.00

Original Chromolithograph | circa 1858-1860 | 39 x 26 inches

Bien Edition - Antique Originals

Audubon Bien Ed. Pl. 414 Smew or White nun

$7,500.00

Original Chromolithograph | circa 1858-1860 | 39 x 26 inches

Bien Edition - Antique Originals

Audubon Bien Ed. Pl. 414 Smew or White nun

$7,500.00

Original Chromolithograph | circa 1858-1860 | 39 x 26 inches

Bien Edition - Antique Originals

Audubon Bien Ed. Pl. 368 Great White Heron

$15,000.00

Original Chromolithograph | circa 1858-1860 | 39 x 26 inches

Bien Edition - Antique Originals

Audubon Bien Ed. Pl. 280 White-headed Pigeon

$9,500.00

Original Chromolithograph | circa 1858-1860 | 39 x 26 inches

Bien Edition - Antique Originals

Audubon Bien Ed. Pl. 273 Golden Winged Woodpecker

$11,000.00

Original Chromolithograph | circa 1858-1860 | 39 x 26 inches

$7,500.00

Original Chromolithograph | circa 1858-1860 | 39 x 26 inches

Bien Edition - Antique Originals

Audubon Bien Ed. Pl. 244, Yellow-breasted Chat

$7,500.00

Original Chromolithograph | circa 1858-1860 | 39 x 26 inches

The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands - 1754 & 1771 Editions - Antique Originals

Catesby 1754, Vol. 1 Pl. 10, The Parrot of Paradise of Cuba

$6,500.00

Antique original hand-colored engraving | circa 1754 | 20 ¼ x 14 ¼ inches

Mark Catesby

18th-century artist Mark Catesby made a name for himself in natural history art through his engaging depictions of plants and animals. His distinctive, rudimentary style makes his work immediately recognizable. Pl. 10, The Parrot of Paradise of Cuba is exemplary of his charming style and can be acquired for only $6,500. This desirable image captures the exotic bird in an engaging composition.

A Monograph of the Phasianidae or Family of Pheasants - Antique Originals

Elliot Pl. 32, Great Argus Pheasant

$8,500.00

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1872 | 23 ½ x 18 ½ inches

Daniel Giraud Elliot

In a dazzling panoply of colors and patterns, Elliot’s Pl. 32, Great Argus Pheasant is captured with astonishing detail. This lithograph boasts vivid hand-applied color with select areas of glossy gum arabic, accentuating the iridescence of the bird’s plumage. A perfect addition to your rustic home or lodge, this magnificent pheasant can enhance your environment for $8,500.

Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe Pl. 272, Numidian Demoiselle

$6,500.00

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

Birds of Europe - Antique Originals

Lear Birds of Europe Pl. 270, Common Crane

$9,500.00

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1832 – 1837 | 21 ¾ x 15 inches

Edward Lear

One of the great ornithological artists of his era, the multi-talented Edward Lear (1804 – 1888) was a self-taught naturalist and painter who contributed to a number of John Gould’s publications including The Birds of Europe. This elegant pair of cranes is the perfect way to elevate any environment. Lithographed and hand-colored on 21 ¾” × 15” paper, these antique original prints capture the avian species in full color and detail. These prints make for an attractive diptych or standalone centerpieces. Enrich your collection with these magnificent pieces of natural history art!

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A Monograph of the Birds of Paradise - Antique Originals

Elliot Pl. 19, Great Sickle-bill Bird of Paradise

$8,500.00

Original hand-colored lithograph | circa 1872 | 23 ½ x 18 ½ inches

British Ornithology Volume 2, Water Birds- Antique Originals

Selby Vol 2, Pl. 101A, Arctic Skua

$300.00

Original Hand-colored engraving from American Ornithology 1st Edition - 1808 – 1814

British Ornithology Volume 2, Water Birds- Antique Originals

Selby Vol 2, Pl. 70A, Eider Duck, Female

$800.00

Original Hand-colored engraving from American Ornithology 1st Edition - 1808 – 1814

Family of Toucans – Antique Originals

Gould Toucans 2nd Ed, Pl. 21, Red-rumped Aracari

$2,200.00

Original hand-colored lithograph; circa 1852 - 1854

Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets – Antique Originals

Barraband Pl. 16, La Perruche Ara, a gorge variee

$750.00

Original hand-colored engraving | circa 1801 | 21 ? x 14 3/8 inches

American Ornithology 1st Edition – Antique Originals

Wilson 1st Edition, Pl. 38 Barn Swallow; White-bellied S.; Bank S.

$800.00

Original Hand-colored engraving from American Ornithology 1st Edition - 1808 – 1814

$1,200.00

Original Hand-colored engraving from American Ornithology 1st Edition - 1808 – 1814

Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets - Original Paintings

Painting after Barraband “Le Promefil”

$1,800.00

Original Miniature Painting

Antique Original botanical engravings

Hortus Eystettensis - Deluxe Edition - Antique Originals

Besler Deluxe Ed. Pl. 73, Red and Yellow tulip, et al.

$9,000.00

Original Engraving | circa 1613 | 22 x 16.5 inches

 

Basilius Besler

Basilius Besler’s 17th-century engraving Pl. 73, Red and Yellow tulip, et al. delicately captures the details of the blossoming botanical. Elegantly engraved on laid paper, this 17th-century print has a tactile quality emphasized by the paper texture, raised linework, and platemark. As part of the oldest and most costly florilegium, Hortus Eystettensis, this print is a valuable piece of history and an enchanting addition to antique and contemporary spaces alike. The tulips are a particularly desirable investment that can be acquired for $9,000.

Pierre-Joseph Redouté

Deemed the Rembrandt of Roses, Pierre-Joseph Redouté is a staple in any botanical collector’s home. His ethereal florals earned favor with three consecutive three successive French Empresses – Marie-Antoinette, Josephine Bonaparte, and Marie-Amelie. Earning the position of royal flower painter, Redouté published three magnificent folios depicting plants from the French imperial gardens – Les Liliacées, Les Roses, and Choix des plus belles fleurs

Pl. 25, Apothecary’s Rose is a particularly desirable rose that can be acquired for $9.450. From the imperial French gardens to your home, this delicate rose promises to elevate and refine any space. The print is hand-colored and stipple- engraved on antique paper measuring 14 ¼” × 10 ⅝”. Elevate your environment with a flower from Empress Josephine’s garden!

Les Roses - Antique Originals

Redouté Roses Pl. 25, Apothecary’s Rose

$9,450.00

Original stipple engraving | circa 1817 – 1824 | 14 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 49, Lantern Fly with Pomegranate Flower

$5,500.00

Original hand-colored engraving | circa 1726 | 21 5/8 x 14 inches

 

Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian, a 17th-century artist and entomologist, was one of the first to discover and document insect metamorphosis. Her engaging compositions from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname depict the various stages of the insects development against a botanical backdrop. 

 

The 1726 engraving Pl. 49, Lantern Fly with Pomegranate Flower captures the developmental cycle of the lantern fly on a fruiting pomegranate branch. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. Printed on laid paper and colored by hand, the artwork features luscious colors, charming details, and nuanced textures that bring the image to life. For $5,500, you can enhance your art collection and enliven your walls with this delightful antique engraving.

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Temple of Flora – Oppenheimer Kew Gardens Edition

Thornton Pl. 17, The Blue Passion – Flower

$800.00

Kew Gardens Oppenheimer Editions Fine Art Print Print

$650.00

Antique original color stipple engraving | circa 1839 ? 1843 | 13 ? x 10 3/8 inches

Choix des plus belles Fleurs – Choix des plus belles Fleurs – Oppenheimer Kew Gardens Edition

Redouté Choix Pl. 34, Bouquet of Clove, Carnation, etc

$200.00

Kew Gardens Oppenheimer Editions Fine Art Print Print

$600.00

Antique original color stipple engraving | circa 1839 ? 1843 | 13 ? x 10 3/8 inches

Plantae Selectae – Oppenheimer Edition

Jakob Trew Plantae Selectae Plate 58 Red Bean Tree

$400.00

Oppenheimer Editions Fine Art Print; circa 2023

Conchology, or the Natural History of Shells – Oppenheimer Editions

Perry Pl. 47, Trochus

$150.00

Oppenheimer Editions fine art print; circa 2010

Les Roses - Oppenheimer Editions

Redouté Les Roses Pl. 110 Alpine Rose

$225.00

Oppenheimer Editions Fine Art Print; circa 2008

$3,150.00

Original stipple engraving | circa 1817 – 1824 | 14 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches

Original Watercolor Paintings

In addition to antique prints, the Joel Oppenheimer Gallery offers original paintings. Among our most notable wildlife and botanical painters are Louis Agassiz Fuertes and Heeyoung Kim.

$9,500.00

Original Watercolor Painting

Louis Agassiz Fuertes

Fuertes is one of the greatest artists-naturalists of the 20th and his life-like bird portraits are sought after by major institutions and private collections worldwide. The Green-winged Teal and Williamson’s Sapsuckers beautifully capture the intricacies of the birds with remarkable color, texture, and detail. These one-of-a-kind original watercolor paintings can be yours for less than $10,000 each.

Native Plants of the Woods and Prairie – Original Paintings

Heeyoung Kim Watercolor on Paper – Fringed Gentian, Gentianopsis crinita

$8,000.00

Original watercolor botanical painting | circa 2014

Native Plants of the Woods and Prairie – Original Paintings

Heeyoung Kim Watercolor on Paper – Chocolate Cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus

$9,000.00

Original watercolor botanical painting | circa 2014

Heeyoung Kim

Heeyoung Kim’s original botanical paintings are equally as captivating. Kim, a contemporary botanical artist, instructor, and native plant advocate, often depicts the native plants of the Midwestern woods and prairies. Focusing on rare and endangered plant species, her highly detailed, superb renderings meld scientific accuracy, ecological activism, and artistry. 

The vibrant color and hyper-realism of the Fringed Gentian and Chocolate Cosmos make the plants appear otherworldly. These one-of-a-kind watercolor paintings exhibit unparalleled detail and sensitivity to the flower’s form. Elevate your environment with this lovely pair for less than $10,000 each. 

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$6,500.00

Original Watercolor Painting

$6,500.00

Original Watercolor Painting

$2,900.00

Original Watercolor Painting

$8,500.00

Original Watercolor Painting

$2,800.00

Original Watercolor Painting

$3,800.00

Original Watercolor Painting

$9,500.00

Original Watercolor Painting

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