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December 2014 - Houston

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BOTANY OF DESIRE E rdem Moralioglu rattled our brains with the intensity of his Spring 2015 runway show that ingeniously referenced Victorian botanist Marianne North and her exquisite botanical paintings at Kew Gardens. The writhing plant life and sinuous forms found in nature, teamed with the monastic masculine idée fixe of the Victorian-era female scientist, makes for a heady brew. Holly Moore seeks out specimens. Vintage Tiffany & Co. Paloma Picasso platinum brooch with gold coral, hematite, amethyst, emerald and diamonds, circa 1988. Price upon request, at Tenenbaum & Co. Martin Bernstein bejeweled perfume bottle embellished in magpie fashion with gold chains, semiprecious stones, glass and beads. $800, at Sloan/Hall. Vintage instructional mushroom from a school, 20th-century Belgium. $695, at Watkins Culver Antiques. Erdem Spring 2015 at Saks Fifth Avenue. VBH Thistle brooch from the signature Tattoo series, with 1,398 colorless diamonds weighing almost 12 carats. $89,000, at Stanley Korshak, Dallas. A perfectly wonderful Victorian botanist fantasy book cover: Persuasion by Jane Austen. $12.99, at area booksellers. Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels 18K gold, wood and diamond flower brooch, circa 1980. Price upon request, at Tenenbaum & Co. Erdem Spring 2015 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Diamond flower bracelet with 19.8 carats of diamonds and 18K white gold. $25,000, at Nazar's Fine Jewelry. Erdem Spring 2015 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Serge Lutens Sarrasins musky greenhouse scent of Persian jasmine, carnation and tuberose. $310, at Kuhl- Linscomb. Mounted rare hunting bird from the falcon family in the original mahogany case, from England, circa 1870. $3,218, at Carl Moore Antiques. Wild garden blossoms, just as they reach their dramatic peak, Inflore- scense, $145, Neiman Marcus. Erdem Spring 2015 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Marianne Noith's mid- 1800s botanical paintings at Kew Gardens North Gallery, which has a repository of 832 of her intricate works. Cloth-bound books by Coralie Bickford-Smith for Penguin Classics. Around $18 each, at booksellers. Charlotte Olympia Delft shoe is a riot of flowers. $1,395, at charlotte Yellow- and white-diamond butterfly on sting- ray cuff. $2,600, at Wayne Smith Jewels. Plaster maquette of standing owl, from a private collection in France, circa 1960. $1,492, at Carl Moore Antiques. David Lackey's mysterious little paintings. A tiny oil-on-canvas Eye in a vintage frame. At Devin Borden Gallery. Erdem Spring 2015 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Bust of Dierdre candle with waxen tears. $455, at Biscuit. Oscar de la Renta Russian gold disk necklace. $695, at Atrium. Botanist Marianne North, circa 1871

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