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Brendel Botanical Models

Purchased circa 1921-23

Made in Breslau and Berlin, Germany bought from Flatters and Garnett in Manchester.

Models like these have long been used in biological education. Some, like these, are not merely functional but great works of art in their own right.

In the late 19th century Robert Brendel and his son Reinhold produced beautiful and accurate models of enlarged flowers, some with removable sections. Usually, the models were made of papier mâché, but with other materials added to give detail and texture: wire, wood, cotton, rattan, pulp cane, glass beads, feathers and gelatine. Reinhold was decorated with the Prussian silver state medal in appreciation of his business activities.