Audubon in the Home

April 4th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

John James Audubon artwork in its natural habitat.

This client purchased two of our Audubon Watercolors from the New-York Historical Society Edition and framed them in beautiful gold leaf frames.

“We love our Great Egret! It’s beautiful and ‘makes’ the dining room! I think the Egret and the Pelican really complement each other! Thank you so much for all of your help!”

If you are interested in having your Audubons or natural history art on our website, please submit photographs and a brief description to

Audubon Watercolor  Pl. 251 - Brown Pelican

John James Audubon Plate 251 – Brown Pelican Framed in a Handsome American Colonial-Style Moulding

A touch of wildlife and antiqued gold frames can add charm to an already elegant dining setting.

A touch of wildlife and antiqued gold frames can add charm to an already elegant dining setting.

Audubon Watercolor Pl. 29A- Great Egret

John James Audubon Plate 29A – Great Egret. This rare rendering by Audubon was never published in his final double elephant folio. Framed in a traditional American Whistler frame..

Color Matching the Bien Book

March 30th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Final Day of Printing the Bien Book

March 29th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Good morning from Verona, Italy!
It is our final day on press and we wanted to show you the first press sheet of the day (which has the title page and frontispiece of our book) with the printing press in the background. Alessandro Saccomani, who is holding the other end of the sheet, and Roberto Marani standing beside him, have been wonderful partners in printing the book since our arrival at Elcograph (formerly Mondadori) Printing a week ago Wednesday. We were told that this is the largest book they have ever printed in their over 100-year history.

Video: Printing the Bien Book in Verona, Italy

March 27th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Joel and Laura’s First Week Printing their Book on the Audubon Bien Edition in Verona, Italy

March 24th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Monday- Tuesday 3-18/19-13 

We have arrived in Verona to finally print the Bien book. It is hard to believe that after all of the preparation we will be seeing ink on paper in less than 24 hours. We start early Wednesday morning at Elcograph a very large printing facility about 12 minutes from our hotel. The hotel was built in 800 AD. Above our bed is a sign that says Caesar slept here. (just kidding).

Laura and Joel Oppenheimer arrive in Verona.

Laura and Joel Oppenheimer arrive in Verona.

Wednesday 3/20/13

We are finally on press. The printer is world class having produced many fine art books for Norton and other major publishers as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and many other museums. So our book will be in good company. Still, everybody is excited about the project because of the scale of the book. This will be the largest book of Audubon prints produced since the original Bien Edition was published in 1858. The first sheet has been approved and the presses are turning.

Joel Proofing the imagery for his new book

Joel proofing the imagery for his new book

Staff at Elcograph

Friday 3/22/13 

After two and a half days of printing (10-12 hour days) we have finished 12 sheets. That’s one third of the book. In the picture you can see Laura, Alessandro and Roberto holding one of the printed sheets. I will replace the photo next week with one in better focus. The paper is double-double elephant folio; twice the size of the original Bien book. Each sheet has eight pages printed on it. Once it is folded and stitched, the finished book will be 1/4 double elephant size. In the nineteenth century this would have been called “folio”.

Pages of the book hot off the press!

Pages of the book hot off the press!

James Bateman’s “A Monograph of Odontoglossum”

January 11th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

James Bateman (1811-1897), was one of the early developers of orchid culture. He sponsored expeditions to Mexico and South America enabling collectors to gather rare specimens. He published three lavish books about orchids. The Orchidacea of Mexico and Guatemala, 1837– 1843, A Second Century of Orchidaceous Plants, and A Monograph of Odontoglossum, 1864– 1874. Bateman pioneered “cool orchid cultivation” which enabled the Odotoglossum to be cultivated in England, replicating the cool arid climate of the cloud forests in Central America where these exotic flowers are found. Walter Hood Fitch, (1817 – 1892) the most prolific botanical artist of all time, was employed by Bateman to create the paintings for his magnificent orchid books. Fitch also rendered the images on the lithographic stones and his name or initials are found on every hand-colored plate.
Exceedingly rare, A Monograph of Odontoglossum is comprised of thirty large scale hand-colored lithographs. The plates offered here are all excellent examples the condition is perfect, the hand-coloring perfectly preserved in its original state.

If you are interested in more information about these beautiful prints, please call the gallery at 312-642-5300 or e-mail us at

Inquiries are received with pleasure.



Opening Night at Audubon Greenwich

December 7th, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

Saturday, December 1st marked the official opening of our new Oppenheimer Gallery at Audubon Greenwich.  Located in Audubon Greenwich’s recently renovated Kiernan Hall, the new Oppenheimer Gallery aims to bring 4 new shows a year with new natural history related themes, artwork, and events.  Visitors on December 1st were treated to an unprecedented exhibition comparing all renditions of Audubon’s artwork created between 1820 and 1861 including prints of Audubon’s original watercolors, the Havell engravings made from the watercolors, the Bien chromolithographs, as well as the smaller octavo editions.  A presentation by Joel Oppenheimer and Tom Baptist, Executive Director of Audubon Connecticut, illustrated the connection of all of Audubon’s artwork to the current incarnation of the Audubon Society, while gallery director, John Telling, made presentations from a bound book of Audubon’s 50 Best Watercolors.  

Please contact gallery director, John Telling at or Audubon Greenwich Events & Communications Manager, Jeff Cordulack at 203-869-5272 x239 if you have any interest in purchasing prints or if you would like to schedule a private viewing of the material.  All inquiries are received with pleasure.


Oppenheimer Art Recovery Restores Murals in Historic Cox Building

October 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

A landmark located in the center of the pioneer riverfront town of Maysville, Kentucky, the Cox Building was originally built in 1886 as a Masonic Lodge. In November, 2009, the building was engulfed by fire causing extensive damage to the entire structure.

An evaluation by Oppenheimer Art Recovery begun in December 2010 determined that the original murals painted on the walls on the third floor could not be saved and a year-long process to recreate them ensued. To accurately perform the work, extensive research was done into traditional Masonic symbols like the hourglass, beehive, and Maltese cross that were photographically documented as parts of the mural artwork in the Cox building. The elaborate Masonic motifs decorating the walls and ceiling of the Blue Lodge Room, which measures 40 feet by 50 feet, and The Asylum Room, measuring 40 feet by 73 feet were meticulously restored by Oppenheimer Art Recovery.

To the delight of all gathered, the Cox Building was officially re-dedicated on September 7, 2012 before a crowd of 500 people.

Edward Lear’s Birds of Europe

February 15th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Lear Invitation

Click here to view available prints.

Joel Oppenheimer, Inc.  is pleased to announce the exhibition of Edward Lear’s Birds, from John Gould’s Birds of Europe, a newly acquired collection of 67 remarkable antique prints.  Considered one of the greatest ornithological artists of his era, the multi-talented Edward Lear (born May 12, 1812) was a self taught naturalist and painter who later became famous for authoring books of nonsense poems and limericks.  Interest in his writings and musings carry on to this day with websites dedicated to his life and legacy.

At age 14, Lear began his career as an artist. Many major publishers of nineteenth century English ornithology and natural history employed the young artist for his exacting and masterly skill. Lear’s work is further distinguished because he was the first bird artist to draw from living examples, capturing not only the precise details of the birds he painted, but also the individual bird’s unique character traits.  Lear worked at the Zoological Society in London where he met John Gould, the most prolific naturalist publisher of the nineteenth century. Lear drew 67 plates and many of the foregrounds for Gould’s Birds of Europe (1832-1837). The plates Lear contributed are among the finest of that work.  The rare, beautifully hand-colored plates acquired by Oppenheimer were drawn and signed by Lear on the lithographic stones. The exhibition is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

In celebration of Lear’s 200th birthday, museums and learning institutions worldwide will be honoring his body of work including the prestigious British Museum in London, London’s Fine Art Society, and Harvard University. The Harvard exhibit, “The Natural History of Edward Lear,” is being curated by Robert McCracken Peck, Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.

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Chicago: March 22 – April 28, 2012
Joel Oppenheimer, Inc. • 312-642-5300
Charleston: May 25 – June 30, 2012
The Audubon Gallery • 843-853-1100


5:30 TO 7:30 P.M.  RSVP by March 19th

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The Norman R. Bobins Collection of British Maritime Prints

June 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Carefully assembled over a twenty-five-year period, the Norman R. Bobins Collection of British Maritime Prints depicts early nineteenth-century British naval supremacy in masterful engravings and lithographs created in London from 1799 to 1872. This extraordinary exhibition is a celebration of triumphant battle victories, proud advancements in maritime technology, dramatic yachting events, and other colorful aspects of nineteenth-century British Maritime life.

On Exhibition June 17th through July 30th


Download the PDF catalog here.

Download the PDF price list here.

Read the Mention in Crain’s