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A set of three 20th century Art and Crafts painted panels.

Three oil painted panels depicting flowers and urns, primarily in bright colours on black background, signed Joyce, Norwich.

Signed Joyce, Norwich
In the middle of the nineteen century, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood formulated a philosophy based on working from nature as precisely as possible. The intensely arduous detail and exactitude indicated that solid work and commitment had gone into their paintings, and thus demonstrated the virtue of work. Accurately illustrating showed the artist's dedication to scientific truth. That was contrasted with the "loose, irresponsible handling" of the Old Masters' techniques or the "defiant indolence" of Impressionists. Early works of the Brotherhood were renowned for the presence of flowers. Flowers could be used in virtually any painting. The Victorians used oils to create pieces filled with naturalistic elements and rich with messages in the then-popular language of flowers, sometimes called floriography. Interest in cytological communication though the use of flowers was intense in Victorian England. Gifts of blooms, and specific floral arrangements were used to send a coded message, allowing expression of feelings which could not be spoken aloud. Equipped with floral dictionaries, Victorians often exchanged small "talking bouquets," called tussie-mussies or nosegays.

Plants and flowers were used as symbols. The connotation assigned to certain flowers varied nearly every flower had multiple associations, listed in the numerous floral dictionaries but a consensus of meaning for common blooms has developed. Tulips, which Victorians were fascinated by, signified love, red for undying love, purple - forever love, white for one-sided love, and yellow for hopeless love. White lilies stood for purity. Calla lily for magnificent beauty.

Aster symbolized love and daintiness. Daisy loyal love, gentleness and innocence. Pink rose stood for perfect happiness. All these symbols are painstakingly used in the three panels.

Height: 27 3/4 in; 78.2 cm
Width: 27 1/2 in; 76.5 cm

Reference: MTS123

Price: £5,500

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