Allure of Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Craft, Design, & Fashion
Floral patterns have appeared in decorative arts since ancient times. Inspired by the forms, colors, and textures of the botanical world, artists from across the globe have copied and interpreted individual flowers, bouquets, and gardens in glass, ceramic, textile, and jewelry design. Allure of Flowers presents a survey of outstanding works from the mid-nineteenth century to today that collectively illustrate the evolution of floral ornament in modern and contemporary applied art. Drawn entirely from the permanent collection of The Mint Museum, the exhibition is organized by flower type, transforming the galleries into a virtual garden and allowing visitors to see how decorative treatments of the same flowers have evolved over time.