Pair of firedogs
Designer / Maker
Designed by Ernest Gimson (1864-1919)
The manufacture attributed to the workshop of Alfred Bucknell (see below right)
Polished steel and forged iron
Height: 57.4 cm
English (probably Waterlane), early twentieth century
Annette Carruthers, Gimson and Barnsley: A catalogue of drawings by Ernest Gimson, Sidney Barnsley and other designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Cheltenham, 1984, p. 73, no. 159. This entry is for Gimson’s design drawing, reference 1941. 223:159 (see right)
For a discussion of Gimson’s metalwork, and a photograph of firedogs, candelabra etc. in the Daneway workshop, see Annette Carruthers, Ernest Gimson and the Cotswold Group of Craftsmen, Leicester, 1978, pp. 72-73, and nos M.1-2.
A further pair of firedogs, closely related to our own, is illustrated in Annette Carruthers and Mary Greensted (eds), Simplicity or Splendour. Arts and Crafts Living: Objects from the Cheltenham Collections, Cheltenham, 1999, no. 76. See also, Ernest Gimson His Life & Work, 1924, pl. 54, showing another pair of firedogs in situ at Pinbury Park.