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Pair of gates

  • Place of origin:

    Coventry, England (made)

  • Date:

    1869-1872 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Scott, George Gilbert (Sir), born 1811 - died 1878 (designer)
    Skidmore, Francis Alexander (the younger), born 1817 - died 1896 (maker)
    Skidmore's Art Manufactures Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron, painted

  • Museum number:

    M.4-1979

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, room 114a, case WS

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These chancel gates from Salisbury Cathedral were in place by 1874. They result from the extensive work on restoring the cathedral carried out between 1863 and 1878 by the architect, George Gilbert Scott. The design for the chancel screeen was probably the result of a collaboration between Scott and his favourite ironworker, Francis Skidmore of Coventry, and is clearly inspired by 12th to13th-century ironwork, such as the grille thought to be from the shrine of St Swithun, in Winchester Cathedral. The Salisbury screen can be compared with the Scott/Skidmore designs of 1862 for the Hereford Cathedral screen, Museum no. M.251-1984, which is far more elaborate. The Salisbury screen was removed amidst much controversy in 1959. Much of the screen was destroyed and these gates are the principal survivors.

Physical description

Pair of wrought iron gates, painted gold, with an undercoat of red. Stylized fleur-de-lys motifs adorn the top of the gates, with a palmette scroll nodding inwards at either end. Divided into several sections, separated by horizontal bars, each designed with different types of scrollwork. The bottom section features vertical scrolls; the second features a circular scroll design; the third features scrolls within pointed arches. Above this, a narrow small section features running scrollwork; above which are a total of six quatrefoils within large square sections. There is a square lock with a scrolled handle, set into one gate, with scrollwork around the keyhole. There is no key. The horizontal and vertical bars of the gate have surface decoration in the form of small punched circles, rectangles and groups of diagonal lines.

Place of Origin

Coventry, England (made)

Date

1869-1872 (made)

Artist/maker

Scott, George Gilbert (Sir), born 1811 - died 1878 (designer)
Skidmore, Francis Alexander (the younger), born 1817 - died 1896 (maker)
Skidmore's Art Manufactures Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron, painted

Dimensions

Height: 2.26 m, Width: 2.13 m

Object history note

These chancel gates from Salisbury Cathedral were in place by 1874. They result from the extensive work on restoring the cathedral carried out between 1863 and 1878 by the architect, George Gilbert Scott. The design for the chancel screeen was probably the result of a collaboration between Scott and his favourite ironworker, Francis Skidmore of Coventry, and is clearly inspired by 12th to13th-century ironwork, such as the grille thought to be from the shrine of St Swithun, in Winchester Cathedral. The Salisbury screen can be compared with the Scott/Skidmore designs of 1862 for the Hereford Cathedral screen, Museum no. M.251-1984, which is far more elaborate. The Salisbury screen was removed amidst much controversy in 1959. Much of the screen was destroyed and these gates are the principal survivors.

Descriptive line

Pair of wrought iron, painted gates; designed by Gilbert Scott and made by Skidmore & Co.; Coventry, 1869-1872.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Campbell, Marian Ironwork, London 1985, fig. 22, p. 28
Scott, George Gilbert, Personal and Professional Recollections, edited by Gavin Stamp, Stamford 1995, pp. 480,487

Materials

Paint; Wrought iron

Techniques

Painting; Hammering

Subjects depicted

Scroll-work

Categories

Metalwork; Architectural fittings

Collection code

MET

Qr_O39135
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