Tulip... what? Tulipiere.One of my favorite parts of Spring are the tulips. Some people love them so much, they designed special vases to hold them!
|tulipiere from the 1600s|
In the 1600s, tulips were really expensive. They were the thing for the rich to show off as they were so expensive. In fact, "tulipomania" reached its height in the 1620s, with one Dutch tulip grower being offered an entire year's worth of salary for one bulb!
|I think this is Royal Delft|
You can't just put an expensive flower in any old vase. So in the 17th century, the tulipiere was born.
|love the beautiful red tulips with the blue/white china|
The tulipiere is made to accommodate one single bulb per spout to show off each individual bulb.
|Dutch tulip vase, 1680s.|
It became popular after it was displayed at Hampton Court in England, although its origins are Dutch.
|Dutch tulipiere from the 1690s with the arms of Willem III. Royal collection, Hampton Court.|
Other flower bulbs were expensive too, including crocus and hyacinth. So those were displayed in tulipieres as well.
|the owner of this trio of tulipieres would have been extremely wealthy to own all three!|
The tulipiere is often in a pagoda shape. The Delft factories' inspiration was Asian porcelain as they just started trading with China in the 1600s.
|Delft, circa 1690. This sold at Christie's in 2005. Price was $57,000!|
The tulipieres are often part of a set, so you could break them down and arrange them as you wished.
The antique ones are extremely expensive. There are other newer version by other companies, but I only like the antique looking ones so I will only show those!
|A blue tulipiere from Juliska.|
A newer French version:
New ones are usually spendy too. But not this artichoke inspired one:
|This one only costs $35, from gumps.com|
Another version by Juliska in the original "country estate" pattern. I thought it was interesting to show an empty one, as below...
and compare it to a full one! You can get it here. (I received mine as a wedding gift!)
Do I have you hooked? Do you want a tulipiere to show off your tulips! I do!
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