Blue and White Butterfly Bulb Bowl

c. 1900
W: 8.0" D: 4.5" H: 3.0"
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Delicately painted with an elaborate trailing vine motif, this shallow blue-and-white dish is an early 20th-century bulb pot, used for forcing bulbs for indoor floral arrangements. Distinguished from bonsai pots by the absence of drainage holes, bulb pots such as this allowed florists to force bulbs into blossom in time with special occasions. Narcissus was an especially popular flower, and was cultivated to bloom exactly at the new year as a sign of good fortune. Formed in the shape of a butterfly, a symbol of joy, and set upon a hardwood stand, this bulb bowl is wonderful as a decorative vide-poche or a shallow planter for succulents.

Available to ship April 22, 2019. Item will be on display through the New York Botanical Garden Furniture & Antiques Fair 2019.

Additional Dimensions:
Basin Depth: 1"

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