Artificial flowers


Object Place: France


107 x 20 x 10 cm (42 1/8 x 7 7/8 x 3 15/16 in.) longest spray, approximately

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wax, cotton, paper, pigment, wire, silk thread, resin

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Two-piece dress, shoes, veil and orange blossoms. a,b: white and silver brocade, trimmed with white satin, organdy, chenille, Brussels lace, beads and artificial pearls. a) Bodice pointed in front, with lapels and 3/4 length sleeves; buttons down front. b) Skirt elaborately cut and pleated, with several angled panels of different materials in front and very full behind, extending into a short train. Lace yellowed; silver tarnished in places; hem of skirt soiled. c,d) White (ceram-colored) satin shoes, low heels. Satin splitting. e) Veil of plain white tulle. f) Sprays of artificial orange blossoms, made of cloth, wax, white glass beads. and wire, in several pieces. Breaking, discolored.


Worn by Helen Bessie Brown (donor's mother) at her marriage on December 29, 1880, to Emile Kipper at Adams, Massachusetts.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Katrina Kipper