Finding fabulous non-Japanese items, particularly French ones, seems to be a recent theme with me. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across these amazing herbiers (pressed and labeled botanicals) recently at a tiny Japanese antique store miles and miles away from Tokyo. Used as scientific tools in many countries for hundreds of years, they are quintessentially French to my mind, although I have also seen many Scandinavian examples. So my surprise continued when I looked closely and discovered that these are actually Japanese, from 1939!
I only bought 12 of them, thinking it a good number that works either 3×4 or 4×3…
…or even 2 rows of 6, either horizontal or vertical.
I picked out some of my favorites from the three binders, but I am thinking that perhaps I need to go back and buy them all. They can look amazing in a huge massed display.
Note how different they look with dark frames against colored walls.
Some, like the oxalis, I can identify by sight, while others will need translation. The paper is lightly foxed, but I think the patina only adds to their charm. I can’t resist showing them each in close-up – how many can you identify?
Many views of pressed botanicals can be found in the homes of great bloggers, from Brooke…
Hugely trendy in decor right now, I already had a Pinterest page devoted to them with some of my favorite images and different ways to frame them.
Take a look here for more images and the photo credits. I’ll let you know if I go back and get them all!
Tussle at the Antique Jamboree…or the Never Wait Rule