Lead country house pineapple stand
A well cast and rare lead pineapple stand C.1810.
This impressive and large example is a one off and had been in the family’s possession at Panborne House since the early 19th century. Once used as a centre piece on a large dining table and also displayed on a pedestal at the main entrance to the house. It comfortably holds several pineapples which at the time were very expensive and could only be afforded by the incredibly wealthy, often shown off as a sign of wealth, luck, generosity and hospitality. The young cherub like boy stands with hands on hip and a basket on his head, he wears a non hallmarked silver necklace. It shows signs of age related wear but is complete and solid, very heavy and perfectly useable. A rare and highly decorative piece.
Provenance. Panborne house and garden sale, Herts.