Pair of firedogs

Ref: 1992
  • Designer / Maker

    The design attributed to William Burges (1827-81)

    Manufactured by Hart, Son, Peard & Co. (1842-circa  1913)

  • Detail

    Iron and brass

    62 x 33 x 31 cm

    English (London), mid-1870s

     

  • Literature

    Hart, Son, Peard & Co., trade catalogue (n.d.), 1870s, p. 199, no.557 (see right)

  • Note

    Of the several leading gothic-revival architects for whom Hart, Son, Peard & Co. worked, the design of the present firedogs is closest to William Burges.  This attribution is strengthened by the form of the grate (see right) which is seen in Burges interiors, for example in the Winter Smoking Room at Cardiff Castle.

    A pair of firedogs to this pattern, with onyx cabochons, is in an American private collection.