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The Vase / The Cravat
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Vase or the Cravat. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

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1859

A desig titles 'Le pot fleurs'(the pot of flowers) appears in a list of designs in the 'Manuel Pratique de Jardins D'Enfants de Friedrich Froebel', which was compiled by J F Jacobs and published in Brussells and Paris in 1859. There are no illustrations but from the context this design is most probably the Vase.

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1861

There is mention of a design titled 'Blumenvase' (flower vase) in a list of 'Lebensformen' (Forms of Life) in 'Das Paradies der Kindheit' (The Paradise of Childhood) by Lina Morgenstern, which was published in Leipzig in 1861. There are no illustrations but from the context this design is most probably the Vase.

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1863

As far as I know the earliest known illustration of this design is found, as 'De bloemvaas' (the flower vase), in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers 1: Wat men van een stukje papier al maken kan: Het vouwen' (The Small Paperwork 1: What one can make from a piece of paper: Folding) by Elise Van Calcar, which was published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.

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1869

A design called 'Einen Blumentopf', which is not illustrated, but which from the context is most probably the Vase, appears in a list of designs in 'Der Kindergarten' by Hermann Goldammer, which was published by Habel in Berlin in 1869.

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'Paradise of Childhood' by Edward Wiebe, which was published by Milton, Bradley and Company in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1869, and is effectively a translation of Goldammer's 'Der Kindergarten', similarly includes a 'flower-pot' in its list of Forms of Life.

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1874

The third edition of 'Der Kindergarten' by Hermann Goldammer, which was published by Carl Babel in Berlin in 1874, mentions, but does not picture, a design titled 'Den Blumentopf' (plant pot). From the context this is probably the Vase.

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1880

There is mention of a design called 'The Flower Vase' in 'The Kindergarten Principle' by Mary J Lyschinska, which was published in London in 1880 by Wm Isbister Ltd, but no illustration is given.

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1896

The Vase is pictured, but not named, in Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding' was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896.

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1928

'Fun with Paperfolding' by William D Murray and Francis J Rigney, which was published by the Fleming H Revell Company, New York in 1928, contains a picture of the Vase (althoiugh the design is treated only as an intermediate step and is not named) folded from a blintzed windmill base.

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1940

As 'Florero' in 'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia, which was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940.

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1956

The Vase is pictured as an intermediate step, but not named, in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956, as part of the 'Multiform' sequence.

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The Cravat

1900

The Cravat appears in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900. It is the same design as the Vase but interpreted in a different way.

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