Herend Large Pineapple - Limited Edition
Herend is known for its long history of producing the finest hand-painted porcelain worldwide. Herend’s trademark fishnet pattern design, which is most popular in the U.S., originated in 1858 when an artist intrigued with a Chinese plate’s fish scale design painted it onto a rooster figurine’s breast to imitate feathers. Each Herend figurine is handmade in Hungary.
During colonial times, many communities consisted of small primitive settlements where the home was at the center of social life and visiting was the main source of entertainment and communication. Any well-heeled hostess of the day would try to impress her guests and reflect her family’s social position by creating grand displays of food. Consisting of pyramids and pedestals of treats often drizzled in sugar and intertwined with flowers and porcelain figurines, the lady of the house would try to outdo her social rivals by offering her guests the most lavish welcome she could afford. Often, these lush displays were topped off by a pineapple. Considered a luxury at the time, pineapples were very scarce since they were difficult to cultivate domestically and often did not survive the long, ocean voyage. That combined with their natural shape made the pineapple the sought after crown on top of these extravagant spectacles. Colonial women were so desperate to have this exotic fruit as a guest at their table that middle-class women would often resort to renting it for the day; of course, this was a well-kept secret between merchant and mistress. Only the wealthiest of neighbors could afford to buy the pineapple outright and enjoy its sweet temptation.
- 3.5"L X 8.5"H
- Handmade of porcelain
- Hand-painted in Hungary
- Numbered Limited Edition of 150