Evening Dress | c.1850 —This elegant dress is made of mull with applications of jewel beetle elytra. 1,942 of these glistering forewings, with its color oscillating from green to purple, can be found on the dress, 1,548 on the shawl. India was colonized by the British Empire during the mid-18th century, and from the latter half of the 19th century onwards a vast variety of products using jewel beetle embroidery was being exported to the western European markets. Beautiful and splendid…
An early century gold-cased and amethyst locket desk seal, with faceted amethyst handle, the mount chased and engraved with flower sprays and garland top with reeded border, foiled amethyst matrix engraved with the arms of the Lennox family.
The Beautiful, Forgotten Color Language Of 19th-Century Naturalists
The Beautiful, Forgotten Color Language Of 19th-Century Naturalists // Veinous Blood Red. Broccoli Brown. Smoke Grey.