Vase, purple glass
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- Amethyst glass vase with undulating, petal-like rim. This wavy lip design is characteristic of Art Nouveau glass. The vase is in the form of a bud vase, also called a trumpet vase, with a cone shaped body on a flat foot. This type of vase was popular because it created an elegant display, while only requiring a few flowers. It was often placed on a tray or saucer and was a favorite for the dinner table in the Victorian home.
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- Since ancient Egyptian times, containers for plants, flowers, herbs, and edible plants have evolved according to the needs, fashions, and technology of the time. Through the centuries, these vessels have influenced the horticultural and aesthetic role of plants, and allowed for their cultivation, transportation, and display. The Industrial Revolution in the 1800s brought mechanization and mass production techniques that allowed a variety of eclectic plant containers to be produced cheaply and efficiently. Cast-iron, china, terra cotta, and wooden plant containers were readily available in variety of styles and sizes. With a long historical tradition of designs and styles of containers to draw on in the nineteenth century, Victorians displayed their plants in a diverse collection of vases depending on the family’s income and taste.
- In the 1800s, vases were made in endless varieties, both of form and material, at prices to suit almost any budget. Vases are intended to hold and support bouquets of living or dried flowers, or they might be purely decorative. It is their use and not their form that makes them a vase and not something else. Some held large quantities of flowers and plants, while others were made for only a single bud. The Victorian emphasis on the “appropriate” led to many containers designed for a specific flower or foliage, whereas other containers could hold almost any variety. Floral containers were often displayed in pairs on a shelf, table, or mantelpiece or as alone as centerpiece or accent decoration. According to many publications of the time, vase of flowers was considered one of the most beautiful adornments for the home or the church.
- Credit Line
- Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection.
- ca. 1890-1910
- Art Nouveau (1890-1910)
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- Restrictions & Rights
- Usage conditions apply
- 19 × 7 3/4 in. (48.3 × 19.7 cm)
- Art Nouveau
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- Horticultural Artifacts Collection
- Smithsonian Gardens
- decorative arts
- Flower arrangement
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- Not determined
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