Wax Fruit and Dessert ArrangementMade in United States, North and Central America
Artist/maker unknown, American
Beeswax, paraffin, tempera, glass, wood
2002-123-1125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of John Whitenight and Frederick LaValley, 2002
From the 1860s to the 1880s, young American women with even the smallest surfeit of time eagerly pursued the art of making wax fruit and flowers. The colorful arrangements were contained under glass domes, which decorated the most stylish home interiors.
The fine state of preservation of this wax fruit and dessert arrangement reveals the vibrant colors that distinguished wax parlor art.
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