The tulipiere has a curious history, and it sounds pretty too.
The tulipiere has a curious history, and it sounds pretty too. Tulipieres became hot luxury items in the 17th century Europe as large-scale global trade and flowers began emerging from Asia (namely tulips, crocuses and hyacinths). Along with the crazy trade of tulips came the advent of elite floor and table stands for these precious commodities. They were indeed status symbols, a kind of Porsche of domestic life. Indeed, some of that status remains: the Dutch 17th century delft blue piece shown here went at Christie’s auction house a couple years ago for more than $10,000.
While some of these 17-19th century pieces may appear a little ornate for gazing now, the contemporary tulipiere has its place for featuring and highlighting singular blooms rather than large masses.
A contemporary spin on an old-world idea, these modern white ceramic tulipieres are a great way to turn a great story and elevate your tulips and other single blooms. $29. With flowers: $45.
Photo gallery:[ReflexGallery id=’2′]