Flora and Botanica
A flower's appeal is in its contradictions —
so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance,
so small in size yet big in beauty,
so short in life yet long on effect.
Mankind has forever been fascinated with the fleeting nature of flowers and blooms; their temporary beauty makes them all the more desirable and thus a favorite subject to immortalize in art and decorative objects. What better material to choose for such a noble endeavor than a relative from the natural world? Wood floral carvings, marquetry and inlay from different time periods can found throughout history and throughout the world, each unique yet all sharing the common goal of memorializing nature's loveliest gift.
From Carlton Hobbs:
A very rare painted and gilded tree pedestal in the manner of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, probably Rome, 17th century.
From Butchoff Antiques:
A very fine enclosed cabinet of the Aesthetic Period, firmly attributed to Jackson & Graham of London, and constructed using the very finest and rarest woods, including a beautifully grained coromandel as the ground wood, with ebony, palm wood, thuya, zebra, and several specimen woods.
A finely inlaid anglo-indian octagonal traveling table, circa 1880, with octagonal top centering an inlaid stylized floral medallion within a foliate band.
From Jayne Thompson Antiques:
A long oak coffer of paneled construction. Each of the four panels across the front are deeply carved with a floral motif. English, 17th Century.
From The Zentner Collection:
An exceedingly rare and elegant rootwood study of a blossoming peony branch, from a private Japanese collection. Circa 19th century.