FINE IRON ARTWORK

AN INFORMATIONAL INTRODUCTION INTO IRON ARTWORK FOR MY WELCOMED GUESTS. THE CREATIVITY AND VISION OF ARTISTS OF THE PAST HAVE HAD A TREMENDOUS INFLUENCE ON MANY AN INDIVIDUAL, ESPECIALLY ME. JUST WANTED TO THROW A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE CRAFT FOR MY VISITORS TO ENJOY.


BEAUTIFUL FRENCH RAILINGS

ONE THING THAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT IRON ARTWORK IS THE DIFFERENT STYLES AND CULTURAL INFLUENCE INVOLVED WITH THIS DECORATIVE MEDIUM.

THE EARLY FRENCH WROUGHT IRONWORK IS CERTAINLY A FAMILIAR STYLE TO MOST PEOPLE, SUCH INTRICATE AND STUNNING ARCHITECTURAL WORK WAS ONE OF THEIR COMMON ATTRIBUTES. THEY REALLY COULD CREATE BEAUTIFUL RAILINGS FOR STAIRWAYS AND BALCONIES, ALONG WITH SOME FINE IRON GRILLE WORK AND FURNITURE.


MOORISH BALCONY AND WINDOW GRILLE

ANOTHER CULTURAL INFLUENCE IS THE CRAFTSMANSHIP OF THE MOORISH( A STYLE OF SPANISH ARCHITECTURE OF THE 8th TO THE 16th CENTURY ) CIVILIZATION.

YOU MIGHT BE FAMILIAR WITH THE HIGHLY DECORATIVE TILE AND CERAMIC WORK DISPLAYING ARCH AND INTERLACING DESIGNS WITH VIBRANT MOSAIC COLORS. THEY ALSO CREATED SOME AMAZING IRONWORK IN THE FORM OF ORNAMENTAL GATES, LANTERNS, AND ALSO LIKE THE FRENCH BEAUTIFUL RAILINGS FOR BALCONIES, AND ARCH GRILLS FOR WINDOWS.

THERE ARE MANY OTHER CULTURES THAT HAVE PLAYED A MAJOR PART IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF IRONWORK, INCLUDING GERMAN AND EASTERN EUROPEAN ARTISANS, AND LETS NOT FORGET ABOUT THE EARLY AMERICAN BLACKSMITHS WHO TURNED A FUNCTIONAL TRADE INTO AN ART FORM, HAVING TO ADAPT TO THE INDUSTRIAL ENGINE OF MASS PRODUCTION.


CREATIVE STYLES IN IRON


Art Deco

Edgar Brandt Inspired Firescreen

( HILLCRAFT )

THE ART DECO AND ART NOUVEAU PERIODS TRANSFORMED METAL AND IRONWORK IN A NEW DIRECTION. GEOMETRIC AND FIGURATIVE FORMS OF THE ART DECO GENRE PRODUCED A SHARP AND SLEEK APPEARANCE THAT TOUCHED THE CREATIVITY OF METAL ARTISANS. CONVEYING THE TREND IN SUCH WORKS AS FURNITURE, LIGHTING FIXTURES, GRILLE-WORK, WALL SCULPTURES AND MORE.


ART NOUVEAU 

"HECTOR GUIMARD" FIRESCREEN ORIGINAL

THE ART NOUVEAU STYLE INTRODUCED A FLOWING AND DELICATE DESIGN, MORE INLINE WITH NATURE. VERY DETAILED IN THE PRESENTATION OF ORNAMENTAL ADORNMENTS IN THE FORM OF FLORAL AND ORGANIC DEPICTIONS. LIKE AN ATTRACTIVE PAINTING ON CANVAS, BLACKSMITHS USED THERE SKILL TRANSFORMING STEEL INTO WONDERFUL IRON CREATIONS.


FEATURED WORK FROM HILLCRAFT

BELOW ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF IRON ARTWORK CREATED FOR HOME DECORATING. UNIQUE OBJECTS FOR THE WALL, AS WELL AS SCULPTURES, AND FURNITURE.

HOPE YOU ENJOY THEM...THANKS FOR LOOKING, REGARDS MIKE 

ABOVE THE DOOR "IRON ACCENT"


DETAIL OF CENTER

THE ABOVE IMAGES SHOW AN ORNAMENTAL "ABOVE THE DOOR" STYLE IRON ACCENT, NO PAINT ON THIS ONE, JUST A NATURAL FINISH WITH A CLEAR MATTE SEALER. LOCATED IN A KITCHEN ENTRANCE WAY, OVER THE DOOR FRAME. THE SILVER AND GRAY COLORS ARE A RESULT OF THE FACTORY MILL SCALE, AND BLENDING WITH THE SURFACE WITH DIFFERENT GRIT SAND PAPER & STEEL WOOL.


PEDESTAL TABLE

THIS DECORATIVE PEDESTAL TABLE FEATURED ABOVE IS A MIXTURE OF IRON AND WOOD. A SOLID OAK TOP, SUPPORTED BY A CUSTOM STEEL FRAME. A HIGHLIGHT OF THIS TABLE IS THE SCALLOPED BORDER THAT ENCIRCLES THE TOP. THE QUEEN ANN STYLE FEET ARE 1/2 INCH THICK, PROVIDING THIS TABLE WITH ADDED WEIGHT AT THE BASE.


"FERN FLOWER"

A VERY UNIQUE BOTANICAL CREATION SHOWN ABOVE, TITLED "FERN FLOWER", HAS A NICE SHAPE, AND THE COLOR IS A MIXTURE OF PAINT AND A NATURAL PATINA. THE ABSENCE OF A FRAME GIVES THIS ONE A FREE FLOWING DESIGN. THE CENTER VINE SPROUTS IT WAY UP THE MIDDLE, WITH SPIKED STAMENS CURVING OFF THE SIDE.


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