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Horticultural style

A style, that developed in the 17th century, of decorating articles of jewelry with representations of naturalistic flowers (an outgrowth of the peapod style). In Paris a hothouse was started by Jean Robin to furnish models for designers of jewelry and embroidery, and by 1634 this trend was magnified by the advent of tulipomania.

Flower designs expressly for jewelry were published in 1602 by Jean Vovert, and many engravers adopted the style especially Gilles Légaré, Jean Vauquer, Gidéon Légaré, Francois LeFebvre, Balthasar Lemersier (c. 1626), Paul Symony (c. 1621), J. P. Hauer (c. 1650), Heinrich Raab, Jacques Huon (c. 1660) and Balthazar Moncornet. The designs were executed in enamelling on the back of wathc-cases, miniature cases, and pendants, and later on pierced and engraved silver in the late 17th century.

From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson

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