Enjoy this selection of free vintage vegetable prints curated from the pages of the renowned Vilmorin-Andrieux & Co. seed catalogs!
If you had told me ten years ago that I’d one day be trying to convince you to hang a picture of a turnip on your wall and call it art, well madam, I’d have pointed you in the direction of the nearest loony bin, then called ahead and made you an open-ended reservation.
Yet here we are.
Some people have a framed Rubens on their wall.
We framed a rhubarb.
Life’s a hell of a thing, ain’t it?
But what can I say? We’re DIYers (and bloggers, to boot), so the standard artistic fare doesn’t always cut the mustard.
I suppose there’s a certain freedom in being a DIY blogger.
I could literally hang a toilet on my wall and call it art, and as long as I took good photos and wrote convincingly, I could get at least some of you to hang toilets on your walls!
But I prefer to use my powers of persuasion for good, not evil, so no toilets on the wall (yet!)
Anyway, back to the vintage vegetables.
About 250 years ago, give or take, the French seed company Vilmorin-Andrieux & Co. began publishing catalogs to sell their seeds. This family went on to become a horticultural powerhouse – a seed dynasty that stretched generations.
Those catalogs though…
In the days before cameras and film, a company needed a good artist (or artists) on board to bring their products to life on the pages of a catalog.
Vilmorin-Andrieux & Co. did not disappoint.
The company employed over a dozen painters who turned the mundane into the magnificent. They were the Rembrandts of rhubarb, the Picassos of parsnip. For the next century, their catalogs were a feast for the eyes and treasured as much for their glorious color plates as they were for the seeds sold within.
About 150 years ago, they published a collection of their most famous works of art in book form. To buy one of the original books now would cost you several hundred dollars.
Fortunately for you, we found some scans of the originals that we were able to enhance and offer to you here today.
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Now here is some information on today’s printables: we designed these free vintage vegetable printables only in 16×20 inch size, but you can scale them up or down as necessary. 16×20 inch scales down to 12×15 / 8×10 / 4×5 inches with no problems, and if you need help with scaling down these printables so you can print them on your home printer, then make sure you check out Handan’s “How To Easily Resize Pictures” post.
Note: If you don’t have a large format printer like the Canon i8720 Printer (prints up to 13×19 inches) and are wondering the best place to get these large printables printed bigger than 8×12, we recommend trying Staples in your area or Amazon print shop. Both stores offer custom-sized prints on matte or glossy paper, and they both cost about the same. Staples also offers Engineering Prints, which are really affordable for large-format prints, but in some areas (like ours), they must be ordered from their online print shop.
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Last year we shared some beautiful vintage botanical prints from Adolphe Millot (think Cavallini & Company), which you all loved. It is our sincere wish that you will find these Vilmorin vintage vegetable prints equally beautiful and worthy of display in your home.
And the fun doesn’t stop with Vilmorin! We’ve teamed up with a group of our blogging buddies to offer you even more free printables! Be sure to check out the links below and hop on over to their sites. You’ll soon be swimming in free printables, madam!
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Free Fall Coloring Page from Sustain My Craft Habit
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Colorful Free Fall Printables for Home Decor from DIY Beautify
Free Fall Printables for the Home from Sweet Pea
Autumn Pumpkin Watercolor Printable from Domestically Speaking
Free fall printable: Sweet as pumpkin pie from Green with Decor
Free Fall Printables from Angela Marie Made
Free Fall Watercolor Printables from Our Crafty Mom
Cute Pumpkin Printable for Fall from Twelve on Main
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Fresh Pears Fall Printable Art from Houseful of Handmade
Free Vintage Vegetable Prints from The Navage Patch (this is us!)