Parrot tulip brass bookmark
Solid brass silver-finished bookmark featuring a tulip bulb inspired by artwork in Jacob Marrel ‘s Tulip book, c. 1640, the bookmark was designed by David Howell & Company.
In 17th century Netherlands, flowers were costly, and tulips the costliest of all. Tulip bulbs were avidly collected, and large sums changed hands for unusual specimens. The book may have been a sales catalogue or the record of a collector’s tulips. The rise in desire for tulips during this time resulted in contract prices for some bulbs of the recently introduced and fashionable tulip reached extraordinarily high levels, these then dramatically collapsed in February 1637. It is generally considered to have been the first recorded speculative bubble or asset bubble in history.
For more than 30 years, David Howell & Company, inspired by the art world, have been adapting original and iconic works to design and manufacture modern and meaningful museum quality gifts.