stand, pineapple

manufacturer: Derby porcelain factory (English, estab. circa 1748, closed 1848);  artist: George Robertson (Scottish, active Post 1797); 

circa 1797-circa 1800
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Pineapple stand of boat shape with a central circular section to hold the fruit, well painted by George Robertson with named scenes of Loch Lomond Scotland and Civita Castelano Italy, beneath a green border with elaborated gilded on the pedestal.
Pineapples could only be grown in England in the 18th Century by specialist gardeners on the aristocratic estates and so were a rare delicacy.
To be asked to share a pineapple was a sign of great honour or favour. These pineapple stands were special commissions to accompany a dessert service and consequently few are known.
Maker and role
manufacturer: Derby porcelain factory (English, estab. circa 1748, closed 1848)
artist: George Robertson (Scottish, active Post 1797)
Production place
Derby, Derbyshire, England
Production date
circa 1797-circa 1800
Media description
porcelain, polychrome enamel decoration
200 x 225 x 375 mm
Measurement details
height: 200mm
width: 225mm
depth: 375mm
Credit line
purchased with funds provided by the Nina Stanton 18th Century Porcelain Bequest, 2014
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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