Hall stand

Coat rack

about 1860–80
Jonathan Moore (American)


Object Place: New York, New York, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 210.8 x 101.6 x 35.6 cm (83 x 40 x 14 in.)

Accession Number

1975.742

Medium or Technique

Cast iron and mirror glass

On View

David and Stacey Goel Gallery (Gallery 239)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

Oval mirror in center, topped by basket of flowers decoration. Shallow trough at base and scrolled arms above to accomodate umbrellas. Coat huooks are attached under central oval mirror and on four spreading arms flanking and above mirror. Elaborate rococo decoration throughout includes human and animal faces, caryatid figures, scrolls, and leafage.


This coat rack reveals the decorative possibilities of an industrial material. Cast iron had been used for centuries in tools and cooking utensils. But in the eighteenth century, technological improvements allowed for a smoother, more liquid molten iron that could be cast in intricate molds. Iron became cheaper, stronger, and more resilient, finding its way into everything from railroad bridges and architectural façades to parlor stoves, garden ornaments, and furniture.

Markings

On back: "Jonn. Moore / N-Y" [second "n" in Jonn. is superscript]

Provenance

From the collection of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb, Boston, Mass.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb