For Art in Bloom 2013, April 27 - 29,2013, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Thelma Shoneman, arranger, and Pam Nelson, assistant,
interpreted a bust of George IV.
The richness of gilt-bronze swathed in precious stones, the stately flow of tunic and king's hair, and the underlay of intricate patterning inspired the floral interpretation. From all viewing angles the rich colors of the container and floral arrangement allude to the opulence of George IV's reign. The modern mass floral design places flowers of the same color massed together for the greatest impact. Gold roses and calla lilies are arrayed for the tunic. Stripped flax leaves woven with gold wire were entwined among the roses to suggest the folds of royal cloth. The red interior backdrop of the hexagonal container suggests the enameled coat of arms. The container was originally a candle lantern. The top was removed and the lantern was sprayed gold before the red material was inserted in front of the glass. Clustered red roses suggest the rubies, while hypericum berries strung on flexi-grass provide depth and patterning rhythm.