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Cherry Blossom Waterglobe
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This exquisite Cherry Blossom Waterglobe—with its pink petaled showers enveloping a miniature cherry tree—is the kind of thoughtful gesture that has been known to induce tears of happiness from a mother, a daughter, a loved one. All the more beautiful for the butterfly that thinks it's a flower, the silver-plated base is aptly inscribed with Ralph Waldo Emerson's liberating quote: "Scatter joy." Resin, glass.
Springtime in Washington D.C. is a celebration of the budding beauty of cherry blossoms, the international hope for peace that prompted Tokyo’s gift of the cherry trees to the United States in 1912. In the Spring, thousands of families and visitors pour into the many museums of the Smithsonian Institution. Cherish a recent visit or start planning one today as you shop cherry blossom-inspired gifts evocative of designs on fabrics, ceramics, paintings, scrolls and enamel work in the collections of our Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
5"h. x 4.5"dia.

Customer Reviews

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By Critter Mom
Wheaton IL
May 03, 2017
"Wonderful display. I enjoy seeing the "snow" fall on the cherry blossoms. I liked it so much, I bought a second one to give away."
By Nancy
April 10, 2017
"I'm sorry, but I'm sending this back. The photo in the catalogue shows a somewhat dainty, delicate Cherry Blossom tree. My globe looks very cartoonish--blossoms are huge in comparison to the photo. So disappointed. Not Smithsonian's fault, but whoever is overseeing the backend needs to rethink their process."
By ffn8glp
December 26, 2015
"Purchased this snow globe along with some other items for a gift for my wife she was very happy with the design and craftsmen ship. Of the globe."
By violet
North Carolina
April 04, 2014
"I am so disappointed by this product. I lived in DC for almost 20 years and bought it for sentimental reasons hoping it would capture some of the ethereal joy of the real thing. It doesn't. The "blossoms" are thick and plastic looking, and there's a hugh "butterfly" swallowing the central blossom. .I never, ever, saw a butterfly on cherries, much less one like this. And the "cherry" on this cake is that the "snow" of petals is enhanced with green glitter. It looks like Thomas Kinkaid disgorged this just before he died. I wonder what the Japanese would think of this horror.. I paid what for me, is a substantial price for plastic junk. I guess I'll just have to rely on my memories of the ephemeral beauty of the cherries."
By Nancy
Rusk, Texas
March 24, 2014
"I gave this Waterglobe as a gift to a dear friend who is a member of the National Women for the Arts so she recognizes a good item. She is very impressed with the beauty and quality and the Emerson quote. It's truly a lovely article."