The supposed origin of the Corinthian order, as told by Chambers:
“A young girl of Corinth being dead, her nurse placed on her tomb a basket containing certain trinkets in which she delighted when alive, and covered it with a tyle to prevent the rain from spoiling them. The basket happened to be placed on a root of Acanthus, which in the spring, pushing forth its leaves and sprigs, covered the sides of it; and some of them, that were longer than the rest, being obstructed by the corners of the tyle, were forced downwards, and curled in the manner of Volutes.
Callimachus, the Sculptor, passing near the tomb, saw the basket, and in what manner the leaves had encompassed it. This new form pleasing him infinitely, he imitated it on columns, which he afterwards made at Corinth, establishing and regulating, by this model, the manner and proportions of the Corinthian Order.”
Of course, Chambers may not have fully swallowed this old wives’ tale, but it did fit in neatly with his belief that classical architecture originated from the primitive structures of earliest man (another Vitruvius idea, developed by the French architectural theorist Abbé Laugier in the mid-18th century).