6 Tulipiere Vases That Will Help You Recreate Some of Martha's Most Beautiful Arrangements

Our founder recently posted several images of these unique vessels on Instagram—here, learn more about their history and discover where you can buy your own.

Photo: Frederic Lagrange

If you're looking for a unique way to display fresh cut flowers in your home, follow our founder's lead and use tulipiere vases to elevate your arrangements. Also known as tulip bowls, tulipiere vessels are ornate ceramic pieces featuring several different spouts that hold blooms (traditionally tulips) individually, all while each stem rests in the same shared water bowl.

The History of Tulipiere Vases

You can shop for many gorgeous iterations of tulipiere vases on the market today, but the pottery first originated in 1600s London during the "height of tulip mania," says Sarah Bruxvoort, owner and creative director of studio florist, Rose and Laurel, noting that the vases were initially used to grow tulips. "Bulbs were placed so a single bloom would grow from each spout," she says. Now, they are more commonly used for cut flowers.

When imagining how to style these intricate pieces, it helps to understand the original intention behind their design. "A lesser known historical fact about these vases is that the purpose of the tulipiere was to create the illusion of flowers growing in branches," say Stefan and Maegan Bucur, who specialize in both floral and interior design. "When stems were placed through [the spouts], the flowers were divided into multiple bouquets, which gave the impression of flower clusters growing in twigs." Some of the most coveted vases had up to 18 spouts—and, therefore, "branches"—total.

The Best Flowers to Arrange in Tulipiere Vases

Of course, as their name and history suggests, tulips are the classic flowers to display in these vessels. However, florists note that other blooms work, too. To achieve striking movement and structural lines, Bruxvoort recommends filling different spouts with a myriad of options, including Queen Anne's lace, sweet peas, garden roses, and cosmos. And when it comes to mixing and matching, our founder especially loves combining tulips with viburnum and muscari—see the above photo for inspiration.

Poynter's favorite flowers for tulipiere vases are ranunculus—you can style them in so many ways. "They have a gorgeous petal count and a variety of colors that give you so many options," she says. And if you want to stick with tulips, Poynter reminds us that you can incorporate a few different varieties for visual interest. "Parrot and double frilled are a few of my favorites," she says.

Where to Shop for Tulipiere Vases

Depending on your preferred style, you can shop for these vases in antique stores—or look online for newer models. "Traditionally, tulipiere vases were made of Delftware and painted blue and white in the shape of a pagoda," says Mary Delia Poynter of M. Delia Designs for Lucy's Market, referencing the popular earthenware that was created as a less expensive alternative to porcelain.

Martha incorporates these vintage pieces into many of her own floral arrangements (see the above video!), but you can still find more contemporary glass styles in her collection, too (she recently documented several of these prized pieces on Instagram). If your preferred aesthetic leans modern, shop for newer tulipiere vases that were designed to suit more of-the-moment styles and shapes, Poynter says.

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Heinen Delfts Blauw Green Matte Tulip Vase

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Courtesy of Heinen Delfts Blauw via Etsy

Handmade in the Netherlands with the authentic Delftware that tulipiere vases are known for, this matte green vase will beautifully complement colorful petals. You can brighten up a room by placing it on a coffee table or bookcase—plus, the pastel shade fits in perfectly with '70s-style décor.

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Abigails Yellow 10'' Ceramic Table Vase

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With an elegant design that evokes tulip petals, this vase works both as a centerpiece or a more simple accent, depending on how you choose to style it. The bright yellow handmade piece will look beautiful filled with just about any bloom.

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Abigails White 12.5'' Ceramic Table Vase

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This vase has a removable top, which means it's very easy to clean, and its neutral shade makes it particularly adaptable; it speaks to a mix of décor schemes. Plus, it works in several rooms: Place it at the center of your tablescape during a dinner party or in the entryway of your home for an inviting touch.

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Three Rivers Handmade Ceramic Tulipiere

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Courtesy of White Flower Farm

With five differently-sized spouts to hold stems of various sizes, this unique tulipiere vase was made by a combination of hand-sculpting and wheel-throwing. No vase is identical—it's a one-of-a-kind pottery object.

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Heinen Delfts Blauw Royal Delft Blue Porcelain Vase

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For a more contemporary version of the tulipiere, look to this deep blue Delftware vase in the shape of a dahlia. Brightly colored flowers take center stage against the darker porcelain, and numerous spouts ensure you can can fit an entire bouquet.

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Heinen Delfts Blauw Tripartite Tulip Vase

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Get the best of both worlds with this handmade tulipiere vase from the Netherlands: It features a traditional blue-and-white pattern on a contemporary geometric design. The vases consists of three levels that can be separated, which allows for easy cleaning—as well as water bowls at each tier (this prolongs the life of cut flowers).

Just when you thought it couldn't be more charming: If you look closely at the porcelain, you'll see playful illustrations of monkeys climbing towards the top.

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