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Parts, bench, Egyptian style

Catalog Data

Medium:
Cast iron, paint
Dimensions:
Overall: 32 1/4 × 67 1/4 × 20 in. (81.9 × 170.8 × 50.8 cm)
Ends: 32 1/4 × 17 1/4 in. (81.9 × 43.8 cm)
Back: 16 × 67 1/4 in. (40.6 × 170.8 cm)
Type:
Parts
Date:
ca.1850-1920
Period:
Victorian (1837-1901)
Description:
Settee, Egyptian Style, Cast Iron stars and leaves star, crown, and maple leaf motif
stars and leaves star, crown, and maple leaf motif
star, crown, and maple leaf motif
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. Since cast iron pieces were made in components and bolted together, numerous combinations were possible. 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.
Settees and benches were cast multiple sections, which were then assembled. Since cast iron pieces were made in components and bolted together; numerous combinations were possible. Customers had the ability to select from a broad range of different finishes, components, and design motifs. Designs for urns followed the Victorian taste for eclectic styles and borrowed Classical, Rustic, Gothic, Rococo, Renaissance, and Oriental motifs and forms. 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.
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Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection.
Accession number:
1984.043.a, b, c
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Horticultural Artifacts Collection
Data Source:
Smithsonian Gardens
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/aq4d4de0f63-acc7-46a8-bfef-dd7d15d55914
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hac_1984.043.a__b__c