As I work my way towards the Blue and White Room on the first floor of the William and Mary House, I'm collecting some inspirational photos.
Last year David and my Mum and I visited Chatsworth in Derbyshire, where there is a spectacular collection of 17th century Chinese and Dutch pottery, including some stunning tulipieres or specialized tulip vases.
We didn't manage to take a picture of this particular scene, but I've borrowed this photo from the lovely blog austenonly.com:
I love the arrangement of the blue and white tulip vases in front of the fireplace, and I'm totally stealing this for the WAM House!
I've got a couple of smallish tulipieres that just arrived -- I'll post photos of them when I get a chance -- and I'm going to try my hand at making a couple of large pyramidal ones from polymer clay. Should be a challenge :)
Then I'm going to have to learn to make tulips! Fortunately there's a great tutorial on making 1:12 scale tulips at about.com: Making Mini Tulips by Lesley Shepherd, Canadian miniaturist, garden designer and kit maker.