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Alpine Collection Porcelain Flowers

Alpine Collection Porcelain Flowers
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Alpine Collection Porcelain Flowers

Neue Galerie Exclusive

Vladimir Kanevsky for Neue NOW
Designed 2014
Hand-glazed porcelain flowers
Hand-painted copper stems and leaves

Single stems of fritillary, alpine forget-me-not, and cornflower

Sculpted and glazed entirely by hand, every specimen is an individual and unique work of art

Shown with Josef Hoffmann Facet-cut Vase

 

The flowers in the Alpine Collection by Vladimir Kanevsky are all native to Alpine meadows and have fascinating histories.

Fritilaria melagris, commonly known as chess flower or snake's head fritillary, is an extremely rare case of a 90-degree angle occurring in horticulture. The flower's checkered pattern makes it appear as if Josef Hoffmann himself had collaborated with Mother Nature.

Centaurea cyanus, commonly called bachelor's button or cornflower, is a European native found growing on Alpine meadows. According to folklore, a man in love would wear one in his buttonhole, but if the flower faded too quickly, it was a sign of unrequited love. Cornflowers are also a national symbol of Germany, as they are the same color as their traditional military uniforms.  When Queen Louise of Prussia was fleeing Berlin to escape Napoleon's advancing army, she purportedly hid her children in a field of cornflowers, weaving wreaths of the flowers to occupy them and keep them quiet.

Myosotis, or forget-me-not, found its name in a German legend. As the story goes, God thought he had finished giving all the flowers their colors, but he heard one whisper "Forget me not!" By then there was nothing left but a very small amount of blue, yet the forget-me-not was proud to wear it. In 15th-century Germany, this flower was given as a symbol of remembrance by dear ones, and women wore them as symbols of faithfulness and steadfast love.

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