Roses and cornflowers Stole
Marie Antoinette (1755-1793)
The cornflower is a modest flower that grows wild in meadows. It seems to have appeared in decorative patterns as of 1772. It was highly appreciated by the Queen who made bouquets of this country flower in her retreat at the Hamlet of the Petit Trianon.
The big porcelain Manufactories of Sevres and Meissen adopted this motif and arranged it in a highly codified pattern: small flowering branches are scattered evenly, with bouquets of roses, the emblematic flower of Marie-Antoinette, arranged harmoniously among the patterns of cornflowers.
The success was instantaneous and this motif, initially reserved for porcelain, was subsequently used to decorate furnishing fabrics.