Ham House Pineapple

Echinus Hand Carved Pineapple Finial

This striking, iconic finial design was first made famous at Ham House in Somerset.

 

Of the significance of the pineapple, Mimi Sheller writes: "The pineapple entered European iconography as a symbol of welcome and hospitality, and also eventually found its way into botanical gardens such as the Chelsea Physic Garden, where it was grown in heated pits." The sweet fruit had a "mysterious aura" in the Age of Sail because except for a "small elite with access to glass hothouses", tropical fruits could only be tasted where they were cultivated.

Specifications:

 

Dimensions - Height 610mm (24")

Price (pair) - £3,800