New designs in clay fern-holders, p. 693
NEW DESIGNS IN CLAY FERN-HOLDERS A CLAY FERN-HOLDER WHICH, WITH ITS REMOVABLE ZINC BOX, IS EQUALLY SUITABLE FOR WINDOW SILL OR TABLE: THE LENGTH IS FOURTEEN AND ONE HALF INCHES. NEW DESIGNS IN CLAY FERN- HOLDERS LOWERS and ferns have so much to Fcommend them to the home-maker that it is surprising we do not use them even more in our rooms. Aside .from the note of outdoor friendli- ness which they always bring, there is their value from a purely decorative standpoint. The simplest or severest room is lent a touch of grace by the presence of spreading leaves and opening fronds, or the more ephemeral buds and blossoms, while the rich restful green of the foliage or gayer note of flowers, seen in the right spot, against a fitting background, may prove just the detail needed to complete and empha- size one's color scheme. And needless to say, the selection of an appropriate pot or jar is of importance. We are showing here two new designs in clay fern-holders that will please those who like modern adaptations of antique classic motives. Indeed, the old Greek and Roman mythologies were so closely allied with the whole outdoor world of nature that there always seems a peculiar kinship between flowers, ferns and vines and the decorative designs of that period. In the present instance the tiny figures in high re- lief that encircle the pieces are those of children, some with garlands, others with musical instruments, others dancing-all symbolizing the joy of youth and outdoor freedom. The fern box at the top of the page is W4/2 inches long by 5 inches wide-out- side measurements-and 4% inches high, and is lined with a zinc box in which the ferns are planted. This box is provided with handles at each end, so that it can be easily inserted into or removed from the holder. The other jar is 6y2 inches in di- ameter and 4Y2 inches high-a convenient size for the average flower or fern pot. This pottery looks especially effective when filled with ferns, for the delicate green of the overhanging fronds finds a pleasantly contrasting background in the antique buff finish of the jars, the irregular- ity of which gives an effect of age. A point that may be of interest to our readers is that the long fern box shown above may be obtained without extra charge with a year's subscription to THE CRAFTS- MAN, and the round jar illustrated below with a four months' subscription. A CIRCULAR FERNnJAR, FOUR AND ONE HALF INCMES HIGH, WHICH SUGGESTS IN ITS DESIGN AND SOFT BUFF FINISH SOME ANTIQUE CLASSIC PIECE.
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