Pair of Chippendale Brass Engraved AndironsProbably English for the Charleston Market, 1780-1800
H. 28 in.; W. 15 in.; D. 19 _ in.
These andirons are impressive for their size and proportions as well as for their superb engraved surfaces. Bradford L. Rauschenberg's two article's on "Charleston" andirons provides insight on the present pair. In a 1979 article, he attributes andirons of this style to Charleston, South Carolina, but a more recent article indicates they were likely made in England for the Charleston market. A similar pair is at Colonial Williamsburg.
Literature: References: Bradford L. Rauschenberg, ÒA School of Charleston, South Carolina Brass Andirons,ÓJournal of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina: MESDA, May 1979, pp. 26-77.;
Bradford L. Rauschenberg, ÒReconsidering Brass Andirons,Ó Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina: MESDA, November 1992, pp. 37-53.
Provenance: Zeke and Arthur Liverant, Stonington, Conn.
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
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