Christmas in a Vase: A Bouquet How-To

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Christmas in a Vase: A Bouquet How-To

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THE HOLIDAYS CALL for a little pomp, glamour and sparkle. In search of a painting that was over-the-top enough to inspire a festive arrangement, I made my annual visit to the Frick Collection on New York’s Upper East Side and found a suitably lush candidate by English portraitist Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830). The subject of “Julia, Lady Peel (1827)” wears a dark cloak trimmed in luscious white fur. Red feathers spill extravagantly from her wide-brimmed hat, immodest bracelets encircle her wrist and, in case she was still a little short on flamboyance, a red rose nestles in her bosom.

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