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One of a pair of "Griffin Tripod" Stands

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These griffin tripods are the earliest identified objects documenting the collaboration of the Bullock brothers. William’s innovative use of cast iron for fashionable, high-style furniture appears to be the earliest recorded example. It is likely that William used George’s classical...

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Marks

Impressed into each leg "W. BULLOCK PUB 1 JUNE 1805"

Provenance

About 2010, purchased at auction in upstate New York by Yew Tree House Antiques, New York; 2011, sold by Yew Tree House Antiques to H. Blairman and Sons, London; 2012, sold by Blairman and Sons to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Horace Wood Brock and the Frank B. Bemis Fund

English, after 1805

Dimensions

32 x 12 x 12 in. (81.3 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Accession Number

2012.628.1

Medium or Technique

Cast iron, wood, gesso, bronzed, painted, and gilded

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Furniture