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Hall Stand

A work made of cast iron and marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cast iron and marble.

Date:

c. 1870

Artist:

Designed by Christopher Dresser (English, born Scotland, 1834-1904)
Made by Coalbrookdale Company (Shropshire, England founded c. 1756-c. 1762)

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.

On View

European Decorative Art, Gallery 231

Artist

Christopher Dresser (Designer)

Title

Hall Stand

Origin

Coalbrookdale

Date

1865–1875

Medium

Cast iron and marble

Dimensions

230 × 112 × 51 cm (90 1/2 × 44 × 20 in.)

Credit Line

John H. and Neville Bryan Fund, European Arts General Fund, European Decorative Arts Purchase Fund

Reference Number

2011.1167

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