The tulip shown above is from my own garden. It is a tulip that is infected with a virus. You can see this by the stripes. This is a so called 'broken' tulip. I have put it in a vase, to prevent it infecting the other tulips. Although it is ill, it still is beautiful. ...
During the Dutch Golden Age (17th century) the price of tulip bulbs with a striped drawing as shown above reached extreme heights. In 1637 these tulip bulbs could be sold for the price of an Amsterdam canal house! In those days, if you could afford to buy yourselves tulips, of course you wanted to show off with them as well.
For that reason the tulip vase has been designed. These vases were commonly white with a Delft blue painting. To make an even bigger impression, you should have a pyramid vase. These had several floors. At the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) I even saw a pyramid tulip vase as tall as I am myself!
I'm not quite sure what to think about these tulip vases. Are they pretty or pretty ugly? Anyhow, it is an easy vase for flower arranging dummies. You simply put a flower in every sprout; job done it just cannot go wrong!
However, this story of 17th century striped tulips, ended up badly. After discovering that these bulbs were in effect infected with a virus, they lost their value completely! The prices collapsed and many traders went bankrupt.
However, the tulip vases remained. But I still have not figured it out; do l like or dislike them?
I am still in doubt.
For sale, new tulip vases.
Tulip vases; they are as tall as I am! (The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.)
Impression of an old Dutch house. I saw this at Keukenhof.
This was a fashionable flower arrangement in the 17e century.
Can you imagine to buy one tulip bulb for the prise of a Amsterdam canal house?
My tulip vases at the kitchen table.
A flower arrangement for dummies. Put a flower in every sprout.
Forget-me-not and Ipheion. Tulip vases, not only for tulips!
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