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Fantastic Flowers

Springtime is when flowers start to bloom, filling gardens, parks and the countryside with colour and beautiful smells. In the Royal Collection there are some amazing artworks inspired by flowers – take a look and then make your own!

This beautiful pansy flower was made by a very famous Russian jeweller called Carl Fabergé in about 1900. The petals are made of gold and enamel and it even has a real diamond in the middle! It was designed to look exactly as if it was a real flower.

Did you know? The vase looks as though it is filled with water, but this is a trick – it is actually a solid piece of stone called rock crystal, which is clear like glass!

Artists and craftspeople use all sorts of materials to make flowers. The flowers on this fancy cabinet (called a 'commode') are created from polished stones that have been cut and fitted together like a jigsaw (look closely at the leaves!). This technique is known as pietra dura. The artist has chosen the stones carefully so that the colours reflect real flowers. You can get a closer look in this short film:

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Now it's your turn!

Using paper or felt, follow the simple instructions in the activity sheet to create your own colourful posy of flowers.

Making flowers

Find out more:

Adam Weisweiler (1744-1820)

Commode 1785-90