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Ornament - Flowers in Basket, Shell, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 017994

This ornament is constructed from a variety of shell types, modelled to look like a bunch of flowers in a basket. It is an example of the type of handicrafts exhibited at Melbourne exhibitions; according to the donor, this ornament was exhibited at either the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition or the 1888 Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition. The ornament is covered by a glass dome; such domes were a popular way of preserving such arrangements.
The ornament consists of between 40 and 50 hand crafted flowers made of shells (some of which have been painted), wire and a fibrous material. The basket is made of cane and had been covered in shells along the handle and sides, while the base is covered with a fibrous material.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs S. Altson, 1930
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 46.50 cm (Height), 30.00 cm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Measurements taken for Australia Gallery redevelopment.

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Tagged with: artificial flowers, artworks, 1 or 1 1, 1 1, 1 and 1 1
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: ART & CRAFT
Secondary Classification: Flower Making
Tertiary Classification: samples
Place & Date Exhibited: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1888

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