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Bench end, Rustic, roll back

Catalog Data

Medium:
Cast iron, paint
Style:
Rustic
Type:
Bench ends
Date:
ca. 1850-1920
Period:
Victorian (1837-1901)
Description:
Bench, Roll Back, Frame, Cast Iron 2 part frame Rustic work was immensely popular in the Victorian era, the height of its popularity occurred between 1840 and 1890. This style was made famous in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Gnarled twigs, branches, and limbs were artfully nailed together by talented craftsmen or one could follow the instructions of the tastemaker publications to form furnishings and accessories for the garden. The popularity of the style led to it being mass produced for sale through manufacturer’s catalogs and florists’ shops.
2 part frame Rustic work was immensely popular in the Victorian era, the height of its popularity occurred between 1840 and 1890. This style was made famous in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Gnarled twigs, branches, and limbs were artfully nailed together by talented craftsmen or one could follow the instructions of the tastemaker publications to form furnishings and accessories for the garden. The popularity of the style led to it being mass produced for sale through manufacturer’s catalogs and florists’ shops.
Rustic work was immensely popular in the Victorian era, the height of its popularity occurred between 1840 and 1890. This style was made famous in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Gnarled twigs, branches, and limbs were artfully nailed together by talented craftsmen or one could follow the instructions of the tastemaker publications to form furnishings and accessories for the garden. The popularity of the style led to it being mass produced for sale through manufacturer’s catalogs and florists’ shops.
Label Text:
In the nineteenth century, cast iron manufactories were able to achieve a high enough temperature to produce fluid iron that was poured into intricate molds of compressed sand. Once the iron had cooled, it was removed from the mold. Rough places and sharp edges were then filed away before the piece was bolted together. It would then be painted, varnished, galvanized, or bronzed several times to prevent rust. Settees and benches were cast multiple sections, which were then assembled and bolted together. Customers had the ability to select from a broad range of different finishes, components, and design motifs. Designs followed the trends of the time with natural forms, ornamental motifs pulled from historic revival styles, and complicated shapes. Numerous combinations were possible, and pieces could be varied with the addition of a different leg, seat, arm, or back section. Ends could be attached to cast-iron backrests and seat grates, wood panels, or boards.
Topic:
Benchends  Search this
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ends: furniture components  Search this
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Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection.
Accession number:
1974.008.a, b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Horticultural Artifacts Collection
Data Source:
Smithsonian Gardens
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/aq41fe55a01-595a-4140-b614-0c9b204bb26e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hac_1974.008.a__b