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Fantastic Garland Vase 159/6

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Fantastic Garland

William Shakespeare named around 180 plants in his poems and plays, and was keenly aware of the symbolism that certain flowers had held since the early Middle Ages.

Towards the end of Hamlet, Ophelia, distraught at the death of her father, and shortly before her own suicide, makes her final speech:

There’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray you love remember, and there is pansies, that’s for thoughts... There’s fennel for you, and columbines… There’s rue for you and here’s some for me: we may call it herb of grace o’ Sundays. There’s a daisy, I would give you some violets, but they wither’d all when my father died.

These are the ‘fantastic garlands’ that Ophelia weaves. Fennel was one of the plants listed in 15th century manuscripts as being essential in gardens. The plant was emblematic of cajolery or flattery, and was used as such in Ophelia’s speech. Ophelia associates pansies with thought, most likely due to the word ‘pansy’ being derived from the French pensée.

Moorcroft Pottery designer Rachel Bishop’s Fantastic Garland 6-inch vase depicts many of the floral motifs that Ophelia recalls, creating a Shakespearian bouquet full of symbols and rich, tumbling colour.

Fantastic Garland comes as numbered edition.

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