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by written authentication by a senior researcher from the National Museum of China in Beijing who examined the works in person.
Brazilian Silver: Pineapple Sweets Cup
A rare and extraordinary piece of South American silver rounds out the offering of eclectic art and antiques. This extraordinary standing pineapple cup and cover, probably from 19th century Bahia, Brazil, comprises a life-sized and naturalistically rendered pineapple fruit that sits in a nest of leaves. The silver pineapple emulates the surface of a real pineapple, but the precise intended use of this item is unclear. Probably it was designed to as a whimsical sweets holder. It might also have held dried mate leaves or perhaps sugar for use with mate. Many of the silver articles produced in Brazil for local use, as a display of wealth, followed European forms, and throughout the colonial period, silver items were imported from Portugal which were copied locally. But other forms evolved too, and many incorporated local fauna and flora and were often associated with the storing, preparation and drinking of the beverage mate.
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