Pearl pink or antique pink, according to your preferences, the secret garden outlined on the table top is enclosed by a greek pattern whose perimeter emphasizes its preciousness even more.
The drop is crossed by groups of two or three picked and opposing flowers forming a floral decoration and resting on a Middle Eastern style pattern, willingly recalling the primary area of origin.
Despite being the symbol of the Netherlands, the origin of tulips is indeed Persian.
Their name in fact derives from the Turkish word ‘tullband’, which refers to the muslin turbans, resembling some blooming tulip flowers.
They were imported to Europe for the first time in 1554, by the Flemish Ogier Ghislain de Busbecq, researcher of natural sciences and ambassador of Fernando I to the court of Suleiman the Magnificent.
This sultan sent some bulbs to the botanist Carolus Clusius, responsible for the Dutch royal gardens, in order to develop their successful cultivation.
Clusius gave some bulbs to a grocer who, not being aware of their nature, fried some and seasoned the rest with oil and vinegar.
Still today, fresh tulips belonging to certain varieties are served with appetizers, salads and desserts, while the dried bulbs are ground as flour in some areas of Japan. In 1570 the importation of tulips from Turkey reached Holland, where the cultivation took hold starting from 1593. Venetian merchants used to sell them and the wealthy citizens started buying them; before long, to use them as bouquetshad turned into a popular fashion.
The trading of tulips became an investment growing rapidly and frantically and becoming a sort of ‘tulip-mania’, a feverish and general longing for possession that spread throughout Europe. The Dutch, in addition to cultivating them in all gardens, speculated on them by creating “purchase options”. The “tulip bill” (1634-1637) was the first documented capitalist speculation: it burst on February the 5th, 1637, dragging the financial ruins and bankruptcies of the Dutch behind itself. On April 27th, 1637 an official decree was issued to equalize the purchase and sale of tulip bulbs with any other sector, thus prices were reduced. In the 19th century, they also became popular in England.
The warp and texture of the composition are in light shades; the drawing is completed by the gentle and amusing flattering of delicate butterflies.