The nineteenth century saw a rise in Revivalist styles as countries began looking to the past for artistic inspiration as well as to establish cultural and political values with a shared national history, actual or perceived. Thomas Forester’s jardinière exhibits both Renaissance and Gothic sensibilities, and thus the values of those periods. The jardinière’s Corinthian-style columns recall the Italian Renaissance, which was considered to be the height of Western culture. The Gothic Revival movement sought to correct the decline of social standards and morals by introducing into design the characteristics found in Gothic Christian art, seen here in the jardinière’s twin dragon handles. Forester’s design reflects the nineteenth-century English desire to become a political, cultural, industrial, and moral world power by displaying historicizing styles in the contemporary medium of majolica.