Posy Art

“Ring a ring o’ roses a pocket full of posies” is a nursery rhyme many children learn and play to. When people think of posies they think about the song or pretty flowers, or posy art pieces such as the two Playful Posies set by artist Jocelyn Anderson-Tapp. Or of artist Jane Wooster Scott’s A Profusion of Posies whose varied artwork style conjures memories of the National Heritage in America.

But the rhyme and the game “Ring a ring o’ roses” actually dates back the Middle Ages century during plague times when a nosegay, tussie-mussie or a posy was used as a small flower bouquet. They were usually worn around the head or on a lady’s bodice, or carried around by people. Many people using posies today or appreciating posy canvas artwork have no idea the about the true history of what posies were once used for.

Posy Prints

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Sunkissed Posies I
Fine-Art Print
18" x 18"
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Sunkissed Posies II
Fine-Art Print
18" x 18"
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Posy I
Fine-Art Print
18" x 18"
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Playful Posies I
Fine-Art Print
5" x 5"
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Playful Posies II
Fine-Art Print
5" x 5"
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Posies for the Princess
Fine-Art Print
12" x 16"
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Soft Posy Sketch III
Fine-Art Print
16" x 20"
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Pink Posies II
Fine-Art Print
16" x 20"
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Pink Posies I
Fine-Art Print
16" x 20"
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Branched Posy I
Fine-Art Print
18" x 18"
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Branched Posy II
Fine-Art Print
18" x 18"
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Posies in Pink
Fine-Art Print
12" x 12"
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Posies in Blue
Fine-Art Print
12" x 12"
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Posies in Green
Fine-Art Print
12" x 12"
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Pink Poises
Fine-Art Print
16" x 13"
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Pirouette Posy I
Fine-Art Print
13" x 19"
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Stained Glass Posy I
Fine-Art Print
18" x 22"
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Stained Glass Posy II
Fine-Art Print
18" x 22"
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Spring Posy IV
Fine-Art Print
18" x 22"
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Posy II
Fine-Art Print
22" x 22"
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Posy I
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22" x 22"
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Floral Posy II
Fine-Art Print
18" x 22"
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Floral Posy III
Fine-Art Print
18" x 22"
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Floral Posy IV
Fine-Art Print
18" x 22"
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Dollies are traditionally used to bind the stems of posy arrangements, but posy holders do come in a variety of shapes and different materials, and are often secured in brooches. During in mediaeval times people used posies were given as gifts of love and friendship. But during the bubonic plague a “pocket full of posies” was thought to ward off illnesses and mask the horrible sense of death and illness.

Today posies inspire thoughts of good things and certainly don’t remind people of what they were once used for. Instead it’s nice to look at the variety of different colors, shapes and styles of posies used in posy artwork
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