TLF ID M000205
This is a botanical model of a lilac flower, manufactured in France sometime between 1865 and 1884. It is made of painted papier-mâché and mounted on a circular wooden stand. The model features a tall stem that is removable in two parts. The green section of the stem can be removed from the wooden stand, while the flower itself can be removed from the stem to show an internal pale green bud. The flower is light purple in colour with four open drooping petals and pollen in the centre. The papier-mâché is cracked around the narrow section of the petals.