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A GROUP OF BRENDEL BOTANICAL MODELS

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A GROUP OF BRENDEL BOTANICAL MODELS

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A GROUP OF BRENDEL BOTANICAL MODELS

Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century

Height 44 cm ( 17.5 in )

Hand painted papier maché, paper and wood on turned wood stands.

Robert Brendel (1821-1898)

Reinhold Brendel (1861 - 1927)

Pisum Sativum (garden pea) by Brendel

As detailed by the University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum, "In the late 19th Century Robert Brendel and his son Reinhold produced beautiful and accurate models of enlarged flowers at Breslau and Berlin. Usually the models were made of papier maché, but with other materials added to give detail and texture: wood, cotton, rattan, pulp cane, glass beads, feathers and gelatine.

Reinhold Brendel was honoured with many awards at World Fairs: Paris 1867 - an honourable mention

Vienna 1873 - bronze medal

Chicago 1893 - gold medal

Paris 1900 - gold medal

Brussels 1910 - gold medal

Prussian bronze state medal in 1896

Prussian Small Silver State Medal 1901

These didactic models of plants were in great demand in the 19th century due to their scientific accuracy and were bought by Universities worldwide as aids to teaching. The University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum has over 150.

Bibliography:

Il Museo de Storia Naturale dell'Université - degli Studi de Firenze, by Giulio Barsanti & Guido Chelazzi

Voyage au coeur des fleurs. Modeles botaniques et flores d'Europe au XIXe siecle. Bogaert-Damin Anne-Marie

Museum Collections:

University of Florence, Italy - the Department of Biology

Boerhaave Museum, Leiden, Netherlands

University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum U.K.

The Whipple Museum, University of Cambridge, Cambridge U.K.

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