The Radiant Rosette

Roman rosette, plaster cast, 1770-1830, Victoria & Albert Museum

Roman rosette, plaster cast, 1770-1830, Victoria & Albert Museum

What do you think of when you hear the word rosette? Flowers in bud or a posy vase with a single bloom? Does it remind you of gymkhanas or buttonholes? Medals or ceiling plaster?

‘Rosette’ is a word rich in meaning and association, with rosette inspired art that extends back to the ancient cities of Mesopotamia, through to India, Greece and the rest of the world. Technically it refers to a stylized representation of leaves radiating from the stem of a plant, but this rather bald description does not do justice to the elaborate incarnations possible.

From ceiling wallpapers , to antique plaster casts, to hand carved furniture, the rosette is an enduring homage to the wonder of nature.

A hand carved rosette detail of RE45005

hand carved rosette detail of RE45005, a Classical Revival Chesterfield

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