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Decorative Screen

Nancy Valentine

American/Bermudian, 1925-2019

Endemic flora, resin, cedar

1959

Collection of Nick Hutchings

In 1956 Valentine began making large scale decorative screens, which displayed endemic flora embedded in resin and framed in Bermuda cedar. National Geographic published an article on them in 1958 which led to features in House Beautiful Magazine and the Chicago Sunday Tribune, and a commission in 1960 by the Bermuda government to make a pair of screens for Princess Margaret, a gift to her from the people of Bermuda to celebrate her marriage. That same year, Valentine’s screen won Third Prize in the third Annual Design Derby held in Miami, Florida. The expo, which was sponsored by the Designers and Decorators Guild, highlighted the works of both national and international designers, decorators, artists, and craftsmen.

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