Acanthus


You had to go without a blog post last week as I was on holiday in Cornwall... but while there I came across something interesting.

You will often have seen the mention of "acanthus" shapes in neo-Classical porcelain design of the early 19th Century. It was a very popular detail in design, inspired by the Greek, Roman and Etruscan art that became fashionable at the time.


Acanthus is a plant that grows in the Mediterranean Basin and in Asia, and I had never seen a wild one in my life. The word acanthus comes from the Greek ἄκανθος (akanthos). And guess what, these plants also grow in Cornwall in England!