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Medium:
Tin, paint
Dimensions:
60 × 15 in. (152.4 × 38.1 cm)
Type:
Artificial flowers and trees
Date:
ca.1830-1920
Period:
Victorian (1837-1901)
Description:
Pair of continental topiaries of handmade heavy gage tole tin. The topiary is in three tiers with balls of green leaves and white, lily-like flowers. A pole down the center supports the leafy-spheres and is anchored in a bronze pot encircled by four of the lilies.
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.
Topic:
tin  Search this
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topiary  Search this
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decorative arts  Search this
flowers (plants)  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection. Gift of Frances Jones Poetker.
Accession number:
FJP.1987.354.001-FJP.1987.354.002
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Horticultural Artifacts Collection
Data Source:
Smithsonian Gardens
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/aq4d786c254-d795-498a-9b1b-37fa3ab40ba4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hac_FJP.1987.354.001-FJP.1987.354.002