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Wax Bouquet

Wax Bouquet

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bouquet, wax
date made
1859-1865
associated date
1859
place made
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
associated place
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
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
ID Number
DL.223294.01
catalog number
223294.01
accession number
223294
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Malcolm Westcott Hill
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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