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Fire surround
  • Fire surround
    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875
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Fire surround

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)
    Hoole & Company (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze and lacquered brass, cast and chased.

  • Museum number:

    4028-1853

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114b, case WS

Alfred Stevens (1817-75) was a painter, sculptor and designer. He studied in Italy where he developed a lasting passion for High Renaissance art. As a designer he is most notable for his sculpturesque metalwork, especially cast iron stoves and fireplaces, decorated profusely with figures, foliage and architectural motifs of a Renaissance flavour. His masterpiece was the interior of Dorchester House, London (1858-62, demolished 1929) for which he painted ceilings and designed chimney pieces, doors etc., some of which are now in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (made)

Date

ca. 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)
Hoole & Company (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze and lacquered brass, cast and chased.

Dimensions

Height: 89 cm, Width: 105.5 cm

Object history note

Bought from The Great Exhibition, 1851 for £17 10s.

Historical context note

Alfred Stevens (1817-75) was a painter, sculptor and designer. He studied in Italy where he developed a lasting passion for High Renaissance art. As a designer he is most notable for his sculpturesque metalwork, especially cast iron stoves and fireplaces, decorated profusely with figures, foliage and architectural motifs of a Renaissance flavour. His masterpiece was the interior of Dorchester House, London (1858-62, demolished 1929) for which he painted ceilings and designed chimney pieces, doors etc., some of which are now in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Descriptive line

Bronze and lacquered brass fire surround, Sheffield, ca. 1850, made by Henry Hoole & Co., designed by Alfred Stevens.

Labels and date

FIRE SURROUND
Bronze and lacquered brass
England ca.1850
Designed by Alfred Stevens (1817-75)

Manufactured by Henry Hoole & Company of Sheffield, Yorkshire and shown at the 1851 Great Exhibition. A stove by Stevens and Hoole is on display in Gallery 120.

Museum No. 4028-1853 [1994]

Materials

Bronze; Brass

Techniques

Casting; Chasing; Lacquering

Categories

Architectural fittings; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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