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
Grace Popp
Fine-Art Print
18" x 18"
$44.99
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Pocketful O' Posies
Liz Jardine
Fine-Art Print
30" x 30"
$55.99
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Posy 1
Color Bakery
Fine-Art Print
20" x 20"
$50.99
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Posy 2
Color Bakery
Fine-Art Print
20" x 20"
$50.99
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Posy Redux I
Color Bakery
Fine-Art Print
16" x 16"
$38.99
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Posy Redux II
Color Bakery
Fine-Art Print
16" x 16"
$38.99
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Posy I
Edward Selkirk
Fine-Art Print
18" x 18"
$44.99
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May Posy II
Grace Popp
Fine-Art Print
18" x 18"
$44.99
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May Posy I
Grace Popp
Fine-Art Print
18" x 18"
$44.99
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Posy Vase
Megan Galante
Fine-Art Print
12" x 17"
$33.99
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White Posey
Beverly Dyer
Fine-Art Print
13" x 19"
$23.99
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Sunny Posey
Beverly Dyer
Fine-Art Print
13" x 19"
$23.99
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Sunkissed Posies II
Grace Popp
Fine-Art Print
18" x 18"
$44.99
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Roseate Posy II
Grace Popp
Fine-Art Print
12" x 16"
$32.99
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Roseate Posy I
Grace Popp
Fine-Art Print
12" x 16"
$32.99
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Vintage Posy II
Symposium Design
Fine-Art Print
16" x 16"
$38.99
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Playful Posies II
Jocelyne Anderson-Tapp
Fine-Art Print
10" x 12"
$12.99
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Posy Pop II
June Erica Vess
Fine-Art Print
12" x 12"
$27.99
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Posy Pop I
June Erica Vess
Fine-Art Print
12" x 12"
$27.99
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Posies for the Princess
Barbara Mock
Fine-Art Print
12" x 16"
$32.99
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Stenciled Posies VI
Natalie Avondet
Fine-Art Print
16" x 12"
$32.99
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Stenciled Posies II
Natalie Avondet
Fine-Art Print
16" x 12"
$32.99
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Stenciled Posies III
Natalie Avondet
Fine-Art Print
16" x 12"
$32.99
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Stenciled Posies IV
Natalie Avondet
Fine-Art Print
16" x 12"
$32.99
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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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