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Summers Place Auctions are the world's leading auctioneers of Sculpture and Design for the House and Garden.

Archive Catalogue:

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Archived Catalogue from:

20th and 23rd October 2009

This is Lot Number 3

A rare set of four carved Ketton stone pine cones

Estimated Price:
£6,000 - £10,000

Hammer Price:

early 17th century
62cm.; 24ins high

This set of four carved stone pine cones originally stood on the parapet of Spixworth Hall, near Norwich (see photograph). The house was an interesting example of late Elizabethan/early Stuart domestic architecture. It was built in 1607 by William Peck and the pine cones flanked the Flemish style gables on the wings at either end of the house. Over the centuries, various parts of the house were remodelled before falling into disrepair in the early 20th century and being demolished in 1950, with only the stable block and entrance lodges surviving.

The pine cone has featured in art since Pagan times when it represented eternal life because it came from an evergreen. It subsequently featured in Assyrian, Egyptian and Roman art before being adopted by the Catholic church. It~s use in architectural decoration was largely superseded in England by the introduction of the pineapple as a sign of welcome and a painting by Hendrik Danckerts from 1675 shows Charles II of England being given the first pineapple grown in England by his royal gardener, John Rose.

This is Lot Number 3

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