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Place Made:
United States of America
Date Made:
brass, cast and wrought iron
HOA: 23 1/2; WOA: 17
Accession Number:
Pair of andirons with cast brass Georgian urn and vase shaped tops on drop-forged vase-shaped iron bases with log holders made of wrought iron with penny feet.

STYLE: These andirons are considered early in the transition from a trestle base to a more sophisticated and practical arched base. The trestle foot presented the problem of not sitting firm on an uneven hearth, thus the arched base with “penny” feet which afforded a three point rest. The longer brass head is, of course, a step towards an all-brass front. The log stop is also a new innovation of this period.

TECHNIQUES: The brass heads are cast in two parts, as also the lower balustraded iron member and its square base. The feet and arch are wrought, and the square base under the balustraded part is partially wrought after casting. The wrought billet bars and log stops are probably replaced.

Credit Line:
Mrs. G. Wilson Douglas, Sr. Purchase Fund