Friday, August 23, 2013

What Is It? Where Is It? (August): Quintal Vase

This month's "What is It? Where is It?" got lots of correct guesses of "a vase" through our Facebook page, but no one got the specific type of vase. It is officially known as a "quintal" or "five finger" vase. The form was originally developed by the Dutch to display tulips and was copied by 18th century English potters. They were popular because they allowed for a fuller looking arrangement with minimal flowers - today we might make a small cluster of bud vases to achieve the same effect.

Graeme Park has two of these vases, both displayed in the master bedroom. Ours are reproductions made in Holland and the United States. 

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