• 4.90145
4.90145 Pomegranate and Hibiscus Pillow-Gold
  • 20" x 20"

THIS STUNNINGLY EMBELLISHED DECORATIVE PILLOW TAKES INSPIRATION FROM A VIVID CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN DISH design in Colonial Williamsburg's collections and is popularly called "tobacco leaf" by collectors, although this is somewhat of a misnomer. It was actually inspired by Asian foliage, as well as flowers and fruits such as pomegranates, hibiscus and passionflowers as depicted on Indian textiles, and was a fashionable import into the American South in the late 18th century—early global chic. Shards of similar designs have been excavated at the Governor's Palace site in Williamsburg, Virginia.