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Wall anchor

Wall anchor

  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron

  • Museum number:

    910-1898

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114b, case 8WE

Physical description

Wall-anchor of wrought iron, consisting of a vertical bar, bevelled at the bottom, and spreading at the top into a “fleur-de-lys” forming a finial to the scrollwork which springs symmetrically on either side of the vertical stem at its upper part. The work is tied, welded and riveted together. Flemish, 17th century.

Place of Origin

Flanders (made)

Date

17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron

Dimensions

Height: 130 cm, Width: 60 cm, Depth: 4 cm

Descriptive line

Wall anchor, wrought iron, Flanders, 17th century.

Labels and date

THREE WALL ANCHORS
Wrought iron
Flanders; 17th century

Decorative wall anchors became popular in the 16th century. To prevent the external walls of a building from collapsing or sagging, a rod - called a 'tie-rod' - was run throught the building between opposite walls. This was anchored on either side outside the building by a tie-plate or wall anchor. Surviving examples can be seen on many 17th and 18th-century buildings.

Museum Nos M.212&a-1929 and 910-1898 (centre) [07/1994]

Materials

Wrought iron

Techniques

Forging (metal forming)

Categories

Metalwork; Ironwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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