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Plastic, glass beads, wire, thread
.001: 19 × 11 in. (48.3 × 27.9 cm)
.002: 18 × 10 in. (45.7 × 25.4 cm)
.003: 20 × 10 in. (50.8 × 25.4 cm)
.004: 19 × 9 in. (48.3 × 22.9 cm)
Artificial flowers and trees
Twentieth century
Four flowers that are beaded. The flowers are calla lilies and tulips with green leaves. They were made by threading beads on a wire and attaching with a chartreuse string to stronger, thicker wire. The leaves appear to be primarily made from glass beads, and the flowers are made with a combination of plastic and glass beads with varying iridescence.
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