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Circa 1860 – 70
Size : 28 cm long – 11 ins long (max)
Botanically accurate wax models were made by specialist craftsmen as a scientific didactic tool, often recording the quality of the fruit and the colour subtleties of seasonal hues. A plaster mould would be poured around the actual fruit and when dry cut in two and the fruit removed. Molten wax was then poured into the two part mould and shaken, when this was opened a hollow fruit likeness was obtained which was subsequently painted. The skill lay in the colouring and realistic texturing of the surface.
Collections of these botanical models have now become an important reference for biodiversity and organic agriculture.