Additional Information: Outstanding architectural folk art decorated with broadly brushed and daubed
paint. Under the mantel shelf is horizontal stepped molding over four panels flanked by flat stiles and
molded rails; arched firebox opening is molded…the maker cut kerfs to create conforming molding. Note
the ornamental devices applied to outside stiles…shaped capital surmounting block and turned incised
column centered by chip carved diamond continuing under which is conforming block and turned column in
shaped plinth. The back displays the makers ability and attention to his craft.
Additional Information: Hollow cast with well-defined detail in the round as a single
piece; finial emanates from fluted tapered column with two rings continuing to scroll
molded base. At the base are donut-shaped rings identical to those produced by the
J.W. Fiske iron Works in New York [yet under chin is an angled braze as seen on posts
by the P. Herzog Fence Works of Minneapolis].
The construction is reminiscent to 19th century fireplace screens, iron bar framing,
drawn wire-wrapped and secured with smaller gage wire. Tubular iron handle, nice
surface. (Height: 15"; width: 18.75"; depth: 9.75")
The round “porthole” aquarium/terrarium bowl is fabricated of tinned copper, brass and enameled iron rings. The bowl rests within a cast brass cradle featuring ocean waves, ships, palm trees and a pair of mermaids. The fancy iron stand rests on a stepped base featuring large goldfish. This piece is outstanding, heavy and in fine condition.
(Height: 37"; width: 13.5"; depth: 12" at base)
A rare 7.5-inch high cast iron doorstop, “the” book example; very good condition, typical
scattered light chipping to highpoints. Literature: The Doorstop Book – An Encyclopedia
of Doorstop Collecting by Nancy and John Smith, page 226.
(H on stand: 19"; fragment H: approx. 15", W: 10"; D: 7")
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