Wax Bouquet


Two-handled, flower- and leaf-encrusted wax vase holding an impressive bouquet of polychrome wax flowers and leaves attached to wire stems, the entire display covered by a clear colorless glass dome or shade on a circular wood base with three flattened ball feet. Flowers include budding and blooming roses, Stargazer and Calla lilies, carnations, dahlias, hydrangeas, lilies-of-the-valley, peonies, Virginia bluebells and more. Finely ground mica flakes coat the vase while dried moss fills the ground. No marks.

Maker is Melissa Ann Hussey (Mrs. Robert L.) Wood (born circa 1838) at "The Shadows", 617 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA.

Date Made: 1859-1865Associated Date: 1859

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Virginia, AlexandriaAssociated Place: United States: Virginia, Alexandria

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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Malcolm Westcott Hill

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.223294.01Catalog Number: 223294.01Accession Number: 223294

Object Name: bouquet, wax

Physical Description: pigment (overall material)composition (vase material)mica (vase coating material)moss, dried (ground cover material)glass (shade material)wood (base material)wax (overall material)Measurements: overall: 23 1/4 in x 16 1/4 in; 59.055 cm x 41.275 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-0c54-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1456822

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