North America, colonial/early United States, ca. late 18th to 19th century CE. A decorative brass screen and pair of handsome symmetrical matching andirons, each cast from brass with a steel platform extending from the back to hold logs in place. Each has a series of rounded tiers, ending in a "cannonball"-shaped finial. This form is mirrored in a smaller tier at the back end. Each stands on a pair of spread legs with small balls as the feet. The screen is a sheet of brass, folded into curved right angles at either side, with a pretty openwork floral motif on the corners and at the center. Size of one (they are identical): 16.25" W x 14.5" H (41.3 cm x 36.8 cm); size of screen: 10.75" L x 23.2" W x 5.2" H (27.3 cm x 58.9 cm x 13.2 cm)
They are part of the Adamesque neoclassical style, also known as the Federal Style, which was the Revolutionary War and later period American Greek Revival. The Adamesque style began with three Scottish brothers, notably Robert Adam (1728-1792) and James Adam (1732-1794), which was among the first integrated styles for architecture and interiors. Everything - ceilings, fixtures, fireplaces, carpets, walls, furniture - was designed to complement each other. Imagine the grandeur of the room that these items were made to inhabit!
Provenance: private Long Island, New York, USA collection
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The brass is lightly polished, with some small dings and dents and light deposits on the surface commensurate with age. The lower lip of the screen is bent in several places with some small losses from its edges. Light patina on iron components.