Wednesday, August 26, 2015



a·can·thus [uh-kan-thuh s]

noun [uh-kan-thuh s]
1.  Plants. any shrub or herbaceous plant of the genus Acanthus, native to the Mediterranean region but widely cultivated as ornamental plants, having large spiny leaves and spikes of white or purplish flowers.  

2.  Architecture. a design patterned after the leaves of one of these plants, used especially on the capitals of Corinthian columns.

1610–20; New Latin, Latin < Greek ákanthos bear's-foot

The origin of the Corinthian Order, illustrated in Claude Perrault's Vitruvius 1684
Of all the decorative designs inspired by nature, the acanthus leaf is the most iconic. With some resemblance to thistle, poppy and parsley leaves, it is one of the most widely used and popular motifs in architecture, furniture, interior design, and textiles. It can be found on everything from Corinthian capitals to manuscripts.

Acanthus Leaf
Illustrations by Nan Richards for Lolo French Antiques et More

The motif was particularly popular in the court appointments and furnishings of King Louis XVI, however stylized carvings are found in all King Louis styles. The conception and treatment of the margin and shape of the leaf, is the principal characteristic of the different period styles.

À Bientôt!

Lolo & Mimi

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