Dragonfly Napkin Ring
Inspired by the nature of the 18th century and the botanists that ceelbrated it, this napkin ring is embossed with a dragonfly to liven up your table setting.
The 18th century was the age of the gentleman gardener—that man of the Enlightenment who marveled in new plants discovered as the boundaries of the world expanded. Britain’s increasing world trade meant discovery and appreciation of exotic flowers, fruits, and woods—magnolia, mangoes, mahogany. Experimental gardeners traded seeds and bulbs on both sides of the Atlantic. In London, Sir Hans Sloane, president of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge (a prestigious club of learned naturalists and scientists) nurtured the Chelsea Physic Garden to grow medicinal herbs and flowers. In Williamsburg, Virginia, John Custis IV kept a magnificent four-acre garden, renowned as one of the finest in colonial America. Custis corresponded with prominent naturalists, including Mark Catesby (one of the first to paint and publish illustrations of American birds in their habitats), Pennsylvanian John Bartram (whom Linnaeus called the “greatest natural botanist in the world”), and Peter Collinson, an Englishman who distributed American seeds to British gardeners. The “Garden Botanist” collection gathers flowers and ferns from this golden age of botanical illustration from rare books in the library of Colonial Williamsburg. Breakfast in a garden bower— with no weeds, ants, or green pollen to spoil your enchantment!
Dust with dry cloth.