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Pauly3Pauly3 Posts: 17
Hi all, for my day job I sell antiques and like to be accurate when describing things. I have these victorian wall lights with some stylised leaves and a flower.

any ideas what they might be ? something irresistible to (red enamel) butterflies?

cheers all Paul

(I would have gone made this last year without my garden to potter in)


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,649
    The flower is a Tudor Rose. The white, usually 5 petals inside are white, representing the House of York and the outside red petals, should also be 5, represent the House of Lancaster. The leaves are ivy.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,363
    The leaves look like Ivy the flower a Rose and butterfly's in the background. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,722
    edited March 2021
    I agree ... an
    emblematic Tudor rose surrounded by stylised Ivy leaves ... sort of Art Nouveau -ish. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Pauly3Pauly3 Posts: 17
    fab thanks all. it was the foliage I was stuck on, I can now see it's quite obviously ivy.

    I'll describe as 'three butterflies circling a single stylised rose in front of Ivy foliage'

    flowery language to describe a flower.


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