Four Pine Cone Finials
A set of four composition stone pineapple finials, English, ca. 1950. 24 ins. high, 9.5 ins. square at base, 13 ins. diameter.
"In Rhode Island, the house of Godfrey Malbone, a wealthy Newport merchant, was built in 1741. Three years later, Alexander Hamilton mentioned it as 'the largest and most magnificent dwelling house I have seen in America.' At the entry, the gateposts were capped with carved stone pineapples, a traditional symbol of welcome. These finials also resemble pine cones, which were common Neoclassical ornaments." Antique Garden Ornament, Barbara Israel, 1999, Abrams, NY, p. 105.