“When a single bloom says so much, why not highlight it in a vase that’s equally elegant?” – Martha Stewart
Displaying cut flowers in a vase is a practice that dates back for centuries; there is evidence through painting and sculpture that during the Old Kingdom (c.2686–c. 2160 bce) the Egyptians placed flowers in vases. Prior to this in 3100 BC ambassadors from Crete were believed to have brought gifts of silver vases to the pharaohs of Egypt. Safe to say the idea of placing flowers in a vase is not a new one!
There are of course many different styles of vases; flared, cube, cylindrical, narrow neck and the bud vase style. In this blog we will be presenting (possibly) the most elegant style of vase- the bud vase.
There may be times when we are presented with a small posy of flowers, or perhaps we have taken some cuttings of our own from the garden, or simply fancied treating ourselves, whatever the cause of being blessed with a gorgeous posy, we are left requiring a way of arranging these elegant flowers- we need a vessel. This is where our delicate bud vase comes into its own.
It is difficult to state clearly exactly when the bud vase emerged as style of its own. We can speculate, however, that the bud vase became popular in the early 18th Century. In France, around this time, cultural and social life centred in the intimate rooms of Parisian town houses. Bouquets, therefore, were comparatively small, to be in scale with their setting. With Paris at this time being a formidable influence on all things stylish, it could be fair to pinpoint the appearance of the bud vase to this period and setting.
The bud vase is a small narrow vase with the purpose of holding a single flower or small bouquet, usually young flowers and buds in the early spring and indeed year round. However, they can also be used to exhibit single stems of magnificent, eye-catching, perhaps aromatic flowers, such as roses and other elegant blooms. The key then to the bud vase is not to over fill it; it is best used to display smaller cuttings from the garden like geraniums, daisies and freesias, or to display a single favourite flower.
The design of the bud vase can vary dramatically. A bud vase can be short or tall, but typically the neck of the vase is relatively narrow- perfect for holding the aforementioned arrangements. Some bud vases are designed in the classical vase shape with a narrow neck and a bulbous base (the purpose of which is to stabilise the vase and keep it from falling over). The materials used to make a bud vase include: porcelain, ceramic, plastic, crystal, glass and silver. It was the Victorian era specifically when it became popular to use silver and sterling silver to craft the bud vase; this coincided with the fashionable Victorian pursuit of displaying wealth and status through objects and decoration.
So, when you are next in need of a delicate and elegant vessel to showcase your flower posy or statement bloom, think of the bud vase!
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