tulipomania

Art + Botany: The Tulip Vase

June 30, 2011
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The year is 1634, and you live in Holland. If social status is any concern, you're looking to acquire the country's most conspicuous symbol of wealth: a tulip bulb. This is no small thing; during Holland's great tulip speculation, the most prized bulbs were worth more than the most expensive houses in Amsterdam. But that's not enough. You can't very well stick your botanic gold in any old glass jar—you'll need a special way to showcase your new luxury flowers.