I have no idea what to call this metal flower, or really if it has any purpose? I nearly destroyed a glass table when I picked it up, not realising that all of the petals are loose (don’t make the same mistake I did!). I thought that maybe the petals were meant to be little ashtrays or chopstick rests, but the seller told me that it was a just a decorative item, and that the petals were removable so that you could open and close the flower – pretty unusual and slightly bizarre, but also really pretty! Two of the stamens are missing their little bobbles at the ends, but otherwise the flower is in excellent condition!
P.S. It only occured to me after I had written this post to go hunting for the flower online – it seems a few other people agree with me that it’s an ashtray! There are one or two for sale online. They say that it dates to the 1960s, is Italian, and is an ashtray – or rather six little petal ashtrays. And this morning when I was eating my cornflakes and reading the latest Visi I spotted a brass version of this flower in one of the homes they featured (see last pic) – serendipity!
Dimensions: Approx. 22cm long x 9cm wide x 12cm tall