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‘Queen Pineapple’ (1994) by Kate Malone, Manchester Art Gallery

A symbol of welcome and hospitality, this large ceramic pot is displayed next to the café, extending an invitation to visitors and ushering them in for a cuppa. (Their café is excellent, incidentally.)

Kate is drawing on a tradition of English potters going back to the 1700s, who used pineapples as inspiration for tablewares that also welcomed visitors into the home.