These wire-wrapped, beaded creations could reach up to four feet in diameter and were generally displayed above a mausoleum or tomb. While not directly personalised for the interred person, these wreaths incorporated flower motifs, words, crosses and even preserved flowers in domes. Over time, the fine wire securing the beads would weather and disintegrate, leaving the immortelle as a pile of black beads, ready to be reused for another project or simply lost and scattered to time. Is a long-lasting flower arrangement placed on graves in cemeteries.
They were originally made from natural dried flowers (which lasted longer than fresh flowers) or could be made from artificial materials such as china and painted plaster of paris or beads strung on wire arrangements. Unless made of a highly durable material e. China, they would often be enclosed in a glass container (known as globes) to protect them from the weather. In some cases, they were embedded into the grave itself e. On the concrete over the grave while others were merely placed on or by the grave.Immortelles were popular in Australia in the early 20th century. Being more expensive than fresh flowers, immortelles were normally left on graves by close family.
In recent times, plastic flowers have replaced immortelles as a long-lasting flower arrangement for use with graves. Therefore, immortelles will mostly only be seen on older graves. The item "Antique 1890s French Immortelle Beaded Glass Mourning Wreath Victorian Funeralia" is in sale since Friday, October 16, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Other Antiques". The seller is "tlpress" and is located in Dallas, Texas.
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