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Wax Fruit and Dessert Arrangement

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1860-1880

Beeswax, paraffin, tempera, glass, wood

Height: 19 inches (48.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of John Whitenight and Frederick LaValley, 2002

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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.