Flower pyramid, c.1690-1720, Unknown artist, technique: Faience blue painted in the glaze
This pyramid vase is more than a metre high and made of Delft pottery. It is a tower of small dishes and spouts piled on top of one another, decreasing in size as the pile becomes higher, in which flowers were pushed through the spouts. The vase was made in Delft, between 1690 and 1720. Originally they were used for all sorts of cut flowers, not exclusively for tulips. This showpiece has nine levels each with four spouts; to fill it, 36 flowers are needed.