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On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 122b

Wax Flower Making Kit

1850-1860 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
This kit, contained in a practical metal box, includes all the materials required for the amateur to make wax flowers. The patterns include familiar garden flowers, such as dahlias, and more unusual plants, such as a scarlet passion flower. Once finished, the wax flowers would have been placed in a vase and protected under a glass shade.

People
Mintorn & Son specialised in glass shades and imported alabaster vases of various shapes and sizes as well as kits for modelling wax flowers, like this example. The firm had premises in various fashionable addresses in central London, including the Pantheon Bazaar, Oxford Street, and New Bond Street, from the 1840s to the 1860s.

Ownership & Use
Modelling wax flowers was an amateur hobby enjoyed by women. John and Horatio Mintorn, the makers of this kit, published an instruction manual, Modelling Wax Flowers, in 1844. It was clearly aimed at a fashionable audience, with a dedication to the Duchess of Northumberland. Vases of wax flowers under protective glass shades were used to decorate drawing rooms and boudoirs.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 56 parts.

  • Box
  • Box
  • Lid
  • Fragments
  • Bottle
  • Bottle
  • Bottle
  • Brush
  • Brush
  • Brush
  • Brush
  • Brush
  • Modelling Tool
  • Bundle of Bristles
  • Fossil Leaf
  • Bundle of Wire
  • Felt
  • Packet (Container)
  • Packet (Container)
  • Packet (Container)
  • Packet (Container)
  • Packet (Container)
  • Packet (Container)
  • Packet (Container)
  • Modelling Tool
  • Packet (Container)
  • Packet (Container)
  • Modelling Tool
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Pattern
  • Instruction Leaflet
Materials and Techniques
Box of japanned metal, with wax, paper and wood flower making materials
Brief Description
Wax flower making kit, made by Mintorn & Son, in a japanned metal box. Great Britain, ca. 1850-60.
Dimensions
  • With lid up height: 23cm
  • Width: 21cm
  • Depth: 16cm
Dimensions checked: Measured; 14/01/1999 by sf Ideally some of the contents will be displayed outside the box and therefore a space 23cm h x 45cm w x25cm d would be needed
Credit line
Given by Miss Mary Scott
Object history
Manufactured by Mintorn & Son, 106 New Bond Street, London.

Made in London
Summary
Object Type
This kit, contained in a practical metal box, includes all the materials required for the amateur to make wax flowers. The patterns include familiar garden flowers, such as dahlias, and more unusual plants, such as a scarlet passion flower. Once finished, the wax flowers would have been placed in a vase and protected under a glass shade.

People
Mintorn & Son specialised in glass shades and imported alabaster vases of various shapes and sizes as well as kits for modelling wax flowers, like this example. The firm had premises in various fashionable addresses in central London, including the Pantheon Bazaar, Oxford Street, and New Bond Street, from the 1840s to the 1860s.

Ownership & Use
Modelling wax flowers was an amateur hobby enjoyed by women. John and Horatio Mintorn, the makers of this kit, published an instruction manual, Modelling Wax Flowers, in 1844. It was clearly aimed at a fashionable audience, with a dedication to the Duchess of Northumberland. Vases of wax flowers under protective glass shades were used to decorate drawing rooms and boudoirs.
Bibliographic Reference
Noël Riley, The Accomplished Lady. A History of Genteel Pursuits c. 1660-1860. Leeds: Oblong, 2017, illustrated p. 226.
Collection
Accession Number
W.185 to AAA-1923

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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