Gouda Dutch Pair of Vases with Hand-Painted Palmettes (LEO Design)

Palmettes are a stylized graphic representation of a splayed palm frond.  They were first used decoratively by the Ancient Egyptians, followed by the Assyrians, Greeks, Etruscans—and, somewhat recently, in Western Art Deco.  In 19th Century Victorian England, palmettes (still popular) were called the “Anthemion Motif” (from the Ancient Greek term for “flower”)—and were sometimes interspersed with stylized lotus flowers.  The pair of Dutch Gouda vases, shown above, were made around 1925—at the point where the Art Nouveau evolved into the Art Deco.