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Wool, yarn, wire, clay, dye
.001: 9 × 2 1/2 in. (22.9 × 6.4 cm)
.002: 9 × 2 1/2 in. (22.9 × 6.4 cm)
.003: 10 × 2 1/2 in. (25.4 × 6.4 cm)
Artificial flowers and trees
ca. 1850-1900
Victorian (1837-1901)
Three garlands of wool-yarn flowers. The colors in the design include bright red, orange, blue, purple, green, chartreuse, pink, red, and white; and the texture is reminiscent of cockscomb. The flowers represented include orange tiger lilies, white with red stripes "pinks" or carnations, purple fuchsias, blue fuchsias and white rosebuds. Both fuchsias have red and white stamen. The leaves are variegated with different shades of green. Individual petals or leaves were made by twisting yarn around wire, then fraying it, adding clay points, winding wire string or thread, then each piece was attached to heavy wire covered with heavy, broad-weave fabric.
Label Text:
Artificial flowers have a long history. They were made by the ancient Chinese and the Greeks. For centuries, artificial flowers have been made from pottery, enamel, metal, feathers, paper, and many other materials. Creating artificial flowers is a meticulous art form. Every petal, stem, leaf, and stamen must be cut, shaped, painted, and carefully assembled by hand. Some are designed to be arranged in a bowl or vase for display and others to be worn. Part of the appeal of artificial flowers is their permanence and unblemished beauty.
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Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection.
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Smithsonian Gardens