A Covered Box

Probably Berlin, Germany
Circa 1835

Generally referred to as Berlin iron, this covered box carries a stately appearance despite its relatively small size. The castings are beautifully articulated. Classical motifs abound with paired griffons, scrolls, torches, and bold animal feet.

Related examples of this box are in the Kunstgewerbemuseums in Cologne and Berlin, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, and Staattliche Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin.

Reference: Schmuttermeier, Elizabeth. Cast Iron From Central Europe, 1800-1850. New York, The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, 1994. page 249, plate 113.

Cast and sheet iron
Height: 6 ¼” Width: 6 ¾” Depth: 4 ¼”

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