I don’t know about you, but when I see a mini carnations drawing like this, showing three of the hundreds of species of carnation-like flowers, I see in my mind, pink flowers. I know not all carnations are pink, but, for some reason that’s the color I associate with them.
This lovely black and white flower engraving is clearly not pink. But, oh how pretty it would be if you colored in the flowers, leaves and stems. With three different types of matching flowers, this already pretty image could easily be turned into a stunning art worthy of being hung on the wall.
It was used in an 1867 book that paired French ladies, and their personalities, with flowers. The main illustrations in “Les fleurs animées” are fairly well-known, but there’s a veritable treasure trove of wonderful page spacers and other decorative drawings like this.
I know they aren’t “mini carnations” but some species of dianthus. But, now that you’ve found them, I’ll leave it to you to figure out what species they represent.
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