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Bertha Clausen Jaques. 1863-1941

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Lychee Nuts. (Litchi chinensis). 1938. Drypoint. Jaques 444. 11 7/8 x 8 3/8 (sheet 16 x 10 1/8). A very rich impression printed with plate tone on Japanese mulberry paper. Signed and titled in pencil. Housed in an elegant 23 x 18-inch brown and gold wood frame. $350.

The Lychee is the sole member of the genus Litchi in the soapberry family Sapindaceae. The fruit is a drupe, 3-4 cm long and 3 cm in diameter. The outside is covered by a red, roughly-textured rind that is inedible but easily removed. The inside consists of a layer of sweet, translucent white flesh, rich in vitamin C, with a texture somewhat similar to that of a grape. The centre contains a single glossy brown nut-like seed, 2 cm long and 1-1.5 cm in diameter. The seed, similar to a buckeye seed, is slightly poisonous and should not be eaten.

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