For a few months now, a new trend has invaded every fashion and lifestyle magazines : the Pineapple. But is the Pineapple mania new ? Apparently not, because this trend has existed in the past.
Let’s begin the story of the “king of the fruits”.
The pineapple or “Ananas comosus” is the name of the fruit which grows on the plant of the same name in tropical areas. It looks like a big pine cone overcomed by a tuft of green leaves. The red bark, with diamond scales pattern, covers a yellow and juicy flesh. In the Tupi language, “nana” means perfume and “nana-nana” perfume of the perfumes.
Consumed for a long time by the South American Indians, Europeans discovered the fruit at the same time as the New World. In 1493, Christophe Colomb received a slice as a way of welcome from the Guadeloupe inhabitants.
The pineapple in Europe
Charles II is receiving a pineapple from his gardener John Rose,
the British School, c1675-1680, Royal collection trust
Imported as a candied form by the different Companies of the West Indies, the Europeans have been seduced by this fruit that they tried to acclimatize.
In the 17th century, the Dutch and the British were the first to make it grow in warn greenhouses. Although pineapple growing was costly and rigorous, it was in the 18th century that cultivation developed in France. It was symptomatic of the elites tastes for natural history which was fashionable in the Age of enlightment.
The exotic nature of the pineapple also explain this enthusiasm. Indeed, Europe of the 18th century dreams of faraway lands and glorifies resources of different parts of the world through the “chinoiserie” and exoticism. Therefore, painting, music and decorative arts reflect that spirit where the imagination gives an ethereal vision of elsewhere.
Oudry, Ananas in a pot, middle of the 18th century, Château de Versailles.
Since the 17th century, as an horticultural achievement and exotic symbol, the pineapple is a recurrent subject in the decorative arts of Louis XIV or the Art Deco style. The fruit is found on several items : porcelain, silverware, wallpaper or textile.
Pineapple Art Déco chandelier
Le Manach archive : lampas that reproduces fabrics of the 17th century.
wooden board printed fabric, 18th century
gouache of the 20th century
The pineapple and Pierre Frey
Naturally, the pineapple theme has inspired la Maison Pierre Frey from the beginning. Here are a few examples of pineapples edited by Pierre Frey.
Salade de fruits
Here are the results of an exercise in style given to the Pierre Frey stylists team. In conclusion, the pineapple theme is still a timeless classic !
The Transformist by Anne-Valérie Lapotre for a wallpaper
Hallucination by Mathilde Bregeon for a carpet
Salsa by Jade Pelvin for a print
article writen by Sophie Rouart