Bachelor’s Buttons by Nicola Slaney
Designer: Nicola Slaney
Dimensions: H 10.00 x W 13.00 x D 13.00 cm
In the Middle Ages small flowers were carried in a man’s pocket or under a girl’s apron as a guide to success in love. If they remained fresh, the owner would gain their heart’s desire; if they withered, all would be lost and so “Tis in his buttons’ came to mean ‘he will be successful’.
The name ‘Batchelor’s Buttons’ has been loosely applied to several small, many petalled cottage-garden flowers, among them the Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as the cornflower. Nicola Slaney’s vase shows bright, colourful cornflowers, whose turquoise petals are shaded with dark blue and purple near the centre. Packed full of colour to brighten any man’s pocket!