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Balcony Front

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron, embossed

  • Museum number:

    647-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 2a, case WS

This balcony front combines function with very elaborate decoration: wrought and cut iron strapwork and scrollwork, foliations and eagles. It was made in Italy, and possibly in Florence, in about 1700. The most exciting innovation in European 18th century ironwork was the riotous symmetry and asymmetry of the Rococo style, conceived in France in the 1720s. French, German and Italian blacksmiths in particular were inspired to produce in iron marvellous and paradoxically lightweight effects sometimes enhanced by colour and gilding. The lightness of the scrollwork and embossing in this example also show the emergence of the Rococo style.

Physical description

Ironwork balcony front, with wrought and cut iron strapwork and scrollwork, embossed, with foliations and eagles, Italy, possibly Florence, c1700

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

1700-1750 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron, embossed

Dimensions

Height: 96 cm, Width: 180 cm, Depth: 73.5 cm

Descriptive line

Ironwork balcony front, embossed wrought iron, Florence, 1700-50

Labels and date

BALCONY FRONT
Wrought iron
Italy; c. 1700

Said to have come from Florence. Though still symmetrical, the lightness of the scrollwork and embossing show the emergence of the Rococo style.

Museum No. 647-1888 [07/1994]

Materials

Wrought iron

Techniques

Forging (metal forming); Embossing; Piercing

Subjects depicted

Foliage; Scroll-work; Strapwork; Eagles

Categories

Architectural fittings; Ironwork; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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