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Adolphe Millot, from the encyclopedias to your wall

Posted on July 08 2020

Adolphe Millot, from the encyclopedias to your wall

Maybe you already know one of Kuriosis' best-sellers: a vegetable wall chart poster designed by Adolphe Millot back in the early 20th century. Carrots, potatoes, onions and different kinds of lettuce are shown in a beautiful poster perfect to add a touch of vintage class to your kitchen or dining room.

LÉGUMES et PLANTES POTAGÈRES, the classic Vintage Vegetable Chart by Adolphe Millot

Légumes et Plantes Potagères, the classic Vintage Vegetable Chart
by Adolphe Millot

But who was Adolphe Millot and why did he make this kind of illustration? This french gentleman was a well-known painter, lithographer and entomologist. He illustrated many of the natural history sections of the encyclopedic dictionary Petit Larousse, just to exemplify how recognized he was. 

If you are younger than 30 years old,  you probably never had in your hands an encyclopedic dictionary, but let's say they were like Google in a world without the internet. If you wanted to find out about something you would look it up in one of those books that used to garnish the shelves in those days. We have to admit we miss them 😊

Larousse Encyclopedia 1900

Back to Adolphe Millot, he was one of the artists responsible for providing images to scientists' texts and explanations, mainly animals and plants illustrations. By the way, in our botanical series you can also find some pieces with his mushrooms, fruits and flowers - all of them with that vintage atmosphere we love. Another work we love is the colourful Papillon Chart, which presents several butterfly species. 

Papillons Chart Larousse Poster

Millot's work was so exceptional that he became a senior illustrator of the French National Museum of Natural History, established in 1635 by King Louis XIII as the royal garden of medicinal plants, and nowadays one of the most important institutions in the world dedicated to natural history.

If you like Millot`s style but don't know how to add it to your home decor, we can give you some inspiration. Spoiler: it fits very well not only in the kitchen, but also in the dining room, living room and, why not?, in the bedroom. The prints of his work are also a gem for children, who always get fascinated about how many species of fruits, vegetables and animals we have in the world.

Fleur, the classic Vintage Flowers Chart by Adolphe Millot

Fleur, the classic Vintage Flowers Chart by Adolphe Millot

 

Antique Champignon Chart by Adolphe Millot

 Antique Champignon Chart by Adolphe Millot

 

Antique Fruits Chart by Adolphe Millot

Antique Fruits Chart by Adolphe Millot

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