Due to high visitor numbers anticipated this weekend, 22nd and 23rd January, we advise booking tickets for Grinling Gibbons and John Nash exhibition entry. If you do not have a ticket booked we may not have capacity to allow entry to the exhibitions. The restaurant will be walk up service only, no table bookings.

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Cornucopia or Horns of Plenty

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Cornucopia or Horns of Plenty

Date

About 1890

Medium

Green-glazed wall-mounted vases

Reference

CVCSC:0255.137.F

Collection

Marx-Lambert

Status

On Display

These vases have an oval cartouche decorated with a female figure holiding a cornucopia, which is surrounded by acanthus leaves and scrolls. The cornucopia was a recurrent motif of Marx's design work. Often converting it into purely decorative forms, it was used as a repeat on hand-blocked fabrics, wood-engravings and curtain designs. The cornucopia is an emphatically feminine symbol - it was usually held by a female figure and typically overflowed with fruits of the harvest - and has been frequently used since classical antiquity to depict peace plenty and wealth.

Cornucopia or Horns of Plenty About 1890 © Compton Verney