Roseland Cottage

Celery Vase

No, not a beer glass—not on Henry Bowen’s table! This is a celery vase, used in the late nineteenth century to serve that exotic vegetable, celery. Complicated to grow—it requires mounding to blanch the stock and a long, cool growing season—it was a status symbol until a simplified process made celery more accessible. It also served as a palate cleanser between courses. Note the Gothic details on the vase.