Covering a vast range of objects made in cast and wrought iron, copper, tin, zinc and other metals, and alloys such as pewter, brass, bronze and stainless steel and made either for decoration or use in the household. Various styles and many periods feature in this category, with examples running from Nuremberg alms dishes, locks and coffers; domestic vessels, from Renaissance mortars to Victorian Batteries de Cusisine, firegrates, fire irons, fenders and andirons; door furniture, and many other pieces.
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We have a busy week of auctions ahead of us. To start things off we have Fine Sculpture, Early Works of Art and Garden Ornament tomorrow, Tuesday 25 June.
Highlight | A pair of patinated bronze figural candelabra bases cast as tritons, inspired by Bernini and Tedesco and after designs by Josiah Wedgwood and Matthew Boulton.
These bronze candelabra bases are reminiscent of the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini (notably the Triton Fountain in the Piazza Barberini, the Fontana del Moro in the Piazza Navona, amongst others). However, a more immediate source of comparison would appear to have been an Italian bronze of the late 17th or early 18th century belonging to the Royal Architect Sir William Chambers. From surviving correspondence, it is clear that Chambers lent this bronze to Josiah Wedgwood in 1769, and later it seems to have been passed into the Torlonia Collection in Rome. Now untraced, there is a related example is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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