Catherine Ascroft

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A very rare Sèvres porcelain basket filled with some of Ivan's re-creations of eighteenth century pastillage flowers. One of the most time-consuming tasks of the eighteenth century confectioner was the creation of artificial flowers of this kind. Although these costly decorations were frequently made from silk or paper, sugar paste flowers like those above were also popular. We are told they were used to “garnish the tops of pyramids of dried fruits - or to be arranged in a basket”.

floA very rare Sèvres porcelain basket filled with some of Ivan's re-creations of eighteenth century pastillage flowers. One of the most time-consuming tasks of the eighteenth century confectioner was the creation of artificial flowers of this kind.

Sugar Flower Art / Royal Sugar Sculpture Exhibition. The Bowes Museum 2002 /  Pastillage Flowers in Sugar Vase / http://www.historicfood.com/Bowes%20Gallery%202.html

Sugar Flower Art / Royal Sugar Sculpture Exhibition. The Bowes Museum 2002 / Pastillage Flowers in Sugar Vase / http://www.historicfood.com/Bowes%20Gallery%202.html