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type Bulb vases

Following the first wave of interest in plant bulbs – introduced to Europe from all parts of the world via the Netherlands – specially designed glass vases were invented in the 1700s for cultivation of flowers in water, and for forcing bulbs into winter bloom. The hourglass-shaped vases, sometimes known as ‘hyacinth glasses’ or forcing vases, hold the bulb just above water and allow its root structure to fill the glass. Exposed to warmth and light after a cold period, the bulb is stimulated to form roots, sprout and flower in indoor environments.

brand Bordallo pinheiro

In 1884, painter and cartoonist Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro began producing ceramics and established a factory for glazed pottery in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, together with his younger brother. In his ceramic work, Bordallo Pinheiro combined the city’s ancient pottery tradition with high-technology methods and a unique, humorous artistry influenced by both contemporary Art Nouveau and Moorish designs. He mixed utilitarian and decorative objects – tiles, plates, platters, figurines and table centrepieces – using animals and vegetables as recurrent themes. Strawberry shaped tableware, swallows and especially the cabbage shape, a symbol for the common people, were staples in Portuguese homes throughout the twentieth century. Hundreds of original moulds are still stored in the Bordallo Pinheiro factory and provide the basis for today’s production.

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recipe Pan-fried kale with sesame and white miso

 

type Bulb vases

Following the first wave of interest in plant bulbs – introduced to Europe from all parts of the world via the Netherlands – specially designed glass vases were invented in the 1700s for cultivation of flowers in water, and for forcing bulbs into winter bloom. The hourglass-shaped vases, sometimes known as ‘hyacinth glasses’ or forcing vases, hold the bulb just above water and allow its root structure to fill the glass. Exposed to warmth and light after a cold period, the bulb is stimulated to form roots, sprout and flower in indoor environments.