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Feathers, wire, string, paper, musillage
A: 7 × 7 in. (17.8 × 17.8 cm)
B: 12 × 8 1/2 in. (30.5 × 21.6 cm)
Artificial flowers and trees
Late nineteenth century
Artificial flowers and leaves on a vine made with white feathers, blue paper tape, waxed cambric, and paper leaves. The white feathers are formed into flowers and attached by wire wrapped with blue paper tape to a larger wire that provides the main armature of the vine. Waxed, shiny paper and cambric leaves are glued onto the wires.
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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Usage conditions apply
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Horticultural Artifacts Collection
Data Source:
Smithsonian Gardens