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Moselio Schaechter mschaech at sunstroke.sdsu.edu
Fri Jul 20 02:48:28 EST 2001


We wish to call the attention of the mycological community to a collection
of Austrian mushroom paintings dating from the early 1800¹s.  The paintings
are by artists associated with the Vienna Porzellan-Manufaktur and are part
of a seven-volume set.  The other six volumes are of flowering plants.

The mushroom volume contains 144 numbered leaves of paintings.  Inscribed in
each are the names of the mushroom and the artist.  The artists whose names
appear in this volume are Reinelli, Schmidt, Buchberger, and Strenzel.

The paintings are in color and appear to be of high quality.  The listing of
these mushrooms and the names given should be of particular interest to
mycological historians. The Austrian mycologist Leopold Trattinnick
(1764-1849) used some of the paintings to illustrate his mycological
writings and perhaps as guides for sets of wax models of fungi sold between
1804 and 1808.  Because the illustrations in Trattinnick¹s published works
were hand colored etchings, they vary considerably from copy to copy.
Examining the original paintings in this collection should help resolve any
discrepancy.

These works are in the Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, OH.  The Curator of Rare
Books, Dr. Stanley Johnston, has a list of the titles of the paintings he
will make it available by email on request.  Write to stanley177 at aol.com

Elio Schaechter    
Author, "In the Company of Mushrooms"
Harvard University Press

and

Donald H. Pfister
Professor of Biology and Curator of the Farlow Herbarium
Interim Director, Harvard University Herbaria

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