Pair of Victorian Pineapple Form Baskets

Pair of Victorian Pineapple Form Baskets

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The word 'Pineapple' was coined because the fruit looks like a pine cone and tastes like an apple. Each pineapple gives its life to produce a single fruit and so since 1681 it has been recognised as a Christian symbol. It was an inspiration for design because of its rarity in Europe and its association with fertility, agriculture and extravagant hospitality. As the trade connection with the West Indies flourished it was incorporated into the design of anything from scroll pediments on buildings, to siver tea caddies in the mid 1700's, to a Scottish oversized pineapple folly and to this pair of 'pineapple form baskets'. The Victorians would not pass the pineapple by. Queen Victoria particularly was known for her love of pineapples!

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