This vintage plaque is absolutely breathtaking & is completely handmade. I would date this to the 30's. This was originally a wedding bouquet which was taken apart, with the individual wax flowers/stems placed into a velveteen covered cardboard.
There are four large wax flowers & four wax slightly opened buds. The stamen tips are wax as well, with two done in gorgeous pink, four done in white & two done in cream/creamy yellow. There are 12 green velvet leaves, with touches of brown; each leaf has a wire on the back for shaping. The large flowers are done in the following colors: two are creamy light peach, one is creamy white & one is light pink.
Each petal has two metal wires through it, which is attached below the stamen portion. Each stamen "bunch" has a metal wire through it, which is also attached to the section below.
It appears each of the four floral "sections" is separate from the other. Each stem is wrapped in green floral tape.
There is a beautiful satin ribbon bow at the bottom, which is done in light pink & gold, which is tied in the center with green wire; as; you can see, there are green wire "stems" hanging down as well.
The floral piece appears to have been glued to the black velvet backing, in a few places, but I can't say 100%.
The condition is absolutely superb. The only minor things to note are: a teensy 1/8" tear at the bottom front. You can't see this because of the black velvet. The cardboard back shows some water spots, which don't come through to the front, along with a 2" tear at the bottom. As mentioned above, only 1/8" shows on the front; the remaining torn area is strictly on the back only. The wax flowers appear to be in excellent condition; they are meant to have curved/ragged edges, so if there are any edge chips, you can't tell due to the true nature of flowers.
The plaque measures 11" wide & 14" in length.
I am guessing this was in a shadow box frame originally, but this is the way I purchased it. You could look for a shadow box frame to fit it, or you could display it on a stand or even use a hole punch & punch two small holes on the top and place black velvet or satin ribbon for hanging on the wall. Of course you could use it as a wedding bouquet again; you could use all or some of the wax flowers & create your own personalized piece.
No matter how you decide to display or use this, you will love, love, love this truly amazing work of art.
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