About this artwork
The nineteenth century was a period of vast industrial developments, one of which was increased efficiency in cast-iron production. As cast iron proliferated into many aspects of architecture and applied arts, design critics renounced the material as vulgar and deceitful. In an effort to beautify cast-iron products, smelting manufactories hired professional designers, like Christopher Dresser, with visually stimulating results. In this hall stand, which was part of a larger series, Dresser combined medieval foliage motifs with classical depictions of the Greek gods of wind and water, Boreas and Aquarius.
- Christopher Dresser (Designer)
- Hall Stand
- Cast iron and marble
- 230 × 112 × 51 cm (90 1/2 × 44 × 20 in.)
- John H. and Neville Bryan Fund, European Arts General Fund, European Decorative Arts Purchase Fund