Saraca Delinata is a chromolithograph from the ‘Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisis de la flore et de la Pomone de l’ Ile de Java peints d’après nature’ by Berthe Hoola Van Nooten ( 1817 – 1892 ). Saraca Delinata, the red saraca or sorrowless tree, is a tree in genus Saraca belonging to the legume family. Red Saraca (Saraca declinata) is a tropical beauty with colorful flowers and drooping, emerging new foliage. A native of Malaysia and Indonesia, it is usually found along moist, well-drained riverbanks as an under-story tree.
This print is in good condition with one repaired tear in the upper margin and two thin yellow tape reside marks on the very top margin , none of which will show when framed.
Berthe Hoola van Nooten ( 1817 – 1892 ) was a Dutch botanical artist noted for her botanical plates illustrating “Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l’Ile de Java” in 1863-64. It was published in the early days of chromolithography . Nooten had moved to Java and was very interested in the indigenous flora of Java. She produced 40 plates depicting interesting plant species from Java. The drawings would make up the illustrated work Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages, choisis de l’île Java: peints d’après nature. The illustrations are accompanied by descriptions in French and English, describing the plant’s history and uses. The work was published in Brussels in 1863, and was dedicated to Sophia Mathilde wife of King William III of the Netherlands whose patronage she had acquired.