An ornate Victorian Polished Cast Iron Hall Umbrella Stand featuring intricate designs, including circular motifs and crosses, set against a plain background with a shadow cast to the left.

Victorian Fusion: The Japonaiserie-Inspired Polished Cast Iron Hall Stick-Stand and its Reflection of the Arts and Crafts Movement

This polished cast iron hall stick-stand, decorated in relief in the Arts and Crafts Japonaiserie manner, is a beautiful piece of Victorian-era craftsmanship. Made around 1880 in England, it reflects a period when the Arts and Crafts movement was flourishing, and Eastern aesthetics, particularly those from Japan, were influencing Western design.

The stick-stand is reminiscent of the work of Thomas Jeckyll, a noted English architect and designer who was instrumental in the Aesthetic Movement and the Japonisme trend in British art. Jeckyll was renowned for his innovative use of ironwork, and his designs often incorporated intricate patterns and motifs inspired by Japanese art.

The decoration of the hall stick-stand in relief is a characteristic feature of the Arts and Crafts movement. This movement was a reaction against the industrialization of the Victorian era, and it emphasized handcrafted artistry, natural materials, and decorative details.

The Japonaiserie manner of the stick-stand refers to the Western interpretation of Japanese art and design. During the Victorian era, Japan opened its borders to trade with the West, leading to a fascination with Japanese culture and aesthetics in Europe. Japonaiserie is characterised by asymmetry, natural motifs, and a focus on the beauty of everyday objects.

The reverse of the stick-stand bears an illegible stamp and the Victorian design registration diamond mark. The diamond mark was used between 1842 and 1883 in Britain to register designs at the Patent Office. It provided the registered design owner with a monopoly over the production of a specific design for a period of time.

Although the stamp on the stick-stand is illegible, it may have indicated the manufacturer or the specific craftsman who created the piece. The presence of the Victorian design registration diamond mark indicates that the design of the stick-stand was officially registered, reflecting its unique and innovative design.

Overall, this polished cast iron hall stick-stand is a significant piece of Victorian decorative art, embodying the aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts movement and the influence of Japanese design during this period.

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Victorian Polished Cast Iron Hall Umbrella Stand

Victorian Polished Cast Iron Hall Umbrella Stand

Stock Number: 4442

A polished cast iron hall stick-stand decorated in relief in the Arts and Crafts Japonaiserie manner reminiscent of Thomas Jekyll. The reverse bearing an illegible stamp and the design registration diamond.
  • Height: 69 cm (27.2 inches)
  • Width: 38 cm (15 inches)


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  • Height: 69 cm (27.2 inches)
  • Width: 38 cm (15 inches)


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