Sunflower Mania

This flower became an emblem of good taste in the 1880s.

By Nancy Rutman


Another quotation from Patience; this one refers to the fondness of Aesthetes for Japanese-inspired decor, including blue-and-white porcelain, and the paintings of pre-Raphaelite artists like Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who painted Paolo and Francesca da Rimini: "A Japanese young man,
A blue-and-white young man,
Francesca di Rimini, miminy, priminy,
Je-ne-sais quois young man."