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Allure of Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Craft, Design, and Fashion

1 March-10 August 2014

Mint Museum Uptown



Mark Peiser

Lilies of the Valley, 1978

Lucy Sarneel

Bait Mirror Brooch, 2001

Catherine Bell Hooper

Baltimore Album Quilt, 1852



Allure of Flowers showcases art and design throughout the centuries that is inspired by the flower.  Drawn entirely from The Mint Museum's permanent collection, this exhibition follows the evolution of the floral motif.  Works range from the Arts and Crafts movement in the 1860's when artists had renewed interests in Eastern, Medieval, and Renaissance art, to Art Nouveau where the organic lines of flowers became dominant, to contemporary work where there is an ongoing interest in floral interpretation by artists today.  The exhibition is organized by type of flower - Aster, Iris, Lily, Lotus, Peony, Rose, and Tulip as well as Flowering Tree, Fantasy and Paisley (also called Buta or Boteh). 




Fiber and Fashion  

















Selected Print Resources in the Mint Museum Library    

Cox Crews, Patricia, A Flowering of Quilts, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001.

Cummins, Virginia Raymond. Rookwood Pottery Potpourri. Silver Spring, MD: C.R. Leonard and D. Coleman, 1980.

Eaton, Allen H. Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1937.

Flory, M.A. A Book About Fans; the History of Fans and Fan-Painting. New York; London: Macmillan and co., 1895.

Hulton, Paul and Lawrence Smith. Flowers in Art from East and West, London: British Museum Publications, 1979.

Larrabee, Eric and Massimo Vignelli. Knoll Design. New York: Abrams, 1981.

MacNeil, Linda. United in Beauty: the Jewelry and Collectors of Linda MacNeil. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Books, 2002.

Push Stitchery: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched Art. New York: Lark Books, 2011.

Reilly, Valerie. The Paisley Pattern: the Official Illustrated History. Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith Books, 1989.

Sarneel, Lucy. Mind Flights : sieraden. Nijmegen: L. Sarneel, 2003.

Stankard, Paul. No Green Berries or Leaves: the Creative Journey of an Artist in Glass. Blacksburg, VA: McDonald and Woodward, 2007.

Waldvogel, Merikay. American Quilt Classics 1800-1980: the Bresler Collection. Charlotte, NC: Mint Museum, 2003.





Created by Rachel Dressel, Intern for Mint Museum Library