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Basimycetes Basidiomycetes Schwammpilze Mushroom Spores Vintage Haeckel Print Botanical Victorian Scientific Lithograph

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  • Materials: paper, ephemera, ink
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Favorited by: 325 people

This shop accepts Etsy gift cards

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This fascinating botanical lithograph of beautiful mushroom and spores is from 1998, reproducing the very early engravings taken from nature by Ernst Haeckel himself; originally printed in the Victorian Era in Leipzig, Germany.

The mushrooms in the Basidiomycete family have spores that are attached to basidia, which are specialized cells on the spore-bearing surface (for example, the gills). When the spores mature they are flung from the basidia (by means of a nifty trick involving a tiny water droplet and gravity), catching the slightest air currents and, unlike the proverbial acorn, often falling far from the "tree." The German word "Schammpilze" or "Schamm Pilze" literally translates as "Swimming Mushroom."

Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel 1834 –1919 was an eminent German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology, including anthropogeny, ecology, phylum, phylogeny, stem cell, and the kingdom Protista.
Haeckel promoted and popularized Charles Darwin's work in Germany and developed the controversial recapitulation theory ("ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny") claiming that an individual organism's biological development, or ontogeny, parallels and summarizes its species' evolutionary development, or phylogeny.

The published artwork of Haeckel; 'Kunstformen der Natur' includes over 100 detailed, multi-colour illustrations of animals and sea creatures. Ernst truly was an international superstar in his day!

'Mushroom Spores' is printed on both sides on heavy quality satin finish card-paper stock. It measures a generous 9.25" x 12.25" overall with one inch snowy white borders all around. It's in excellent condition; no tears, folds, creases or marks... a fabulous print perfect for framing.
There's another equally fascinationg illustration of aquatic plants printed in mossy gren and white on the reverse side. You may have a bit of trouble deciding which of these lovely prints to frame first. I'll leave that choice up to you.

Matted, framed and displayed as a gallery grouping, these wonderful natural history prints are simply spectacular. (Please note that the framed examples in the last photo are just to show how this might look when it's framed. Your print will come unframed.)

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