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Cut-paper flower arrangements.

London?, approximately 1780.
Physical Description:
2 works : hand-cut paper ; in oval box frames 26 x 20 x 6 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
QK98.2 .P35 Flat A
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
A pair of cut-paper flower arrangements, by an unidentified maker. One of the pair depicts a flower-filled basket, the other a ribbon-tied bouquet. The flowers are formed from cream-colored paper, modeled in fine detail, and in three dimensions. The two pictures are in matching contemporary oval molded bentwood box frames, gilt over gesso, with glass fronts and contemporary pink-painted paper lining. The box backs bear early metal suspension loops.
The verso of one of the pair has remains of an eighteenth century paper label, with annotations in black ink. Evidently made by the same hand, the inscription suggests that they were produced in London: "Lady's ... by Mary ... 24 Colvill Court Rathbone Place.”
Subject Terms:
Flowers -- Pictorial works.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Women in natural history.
Botanical illustrations.
Cut-paper works.

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