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Hall Stand

A work made of cast iron and marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cast iron and marble.


c. 1870


Designed by Christopher Dresser (English, born Scotland, 1834-1904)
Made by Coalbrookdale Company (Shropshire, England founded c. 1756-c. 1762)

About this artwork

The nineteenth century was a period of vast industrial developments, one of which was increased efficiency in cast-iron production. As cast iron proliferated into many aspects of architecture and applied arts, design critics renounced the material as vulgar and deceitful. In an effort to beautify cast-iron products, smelting manufactories hired professional designers, like Christopher Dresser, with visually stimulating results. In this hall stand, which was part of a larger series, Dresser combined medieval foliage motifs with classical depictions of the Greek gods of wind and water, Boreas and Aquarius.


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Applied Arts of Europe


Christopher Dresser (Designer)


Hall Stand


Coalbrookdale (Object made in)

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Cast iron and marble


231.8 × 111.8 × 52.8 cm (91 1/4 × 44 × 20 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

John H. and Neville Bryan Fund, European Arts General Fund, European Decorative Arts Purchase Fund

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