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Wrought iron fireguard

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Rectangular formed of 2 side standards of square iron bars, decorated with lily leaves and pistils, ending in basket cages of strap iron hung with spirally twisted iron rings. Standards joined top and bottom by 2 bands of double iron bars filled in with scrolled work of strap iron. Top bar has...

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1916, Elia Volpi (b. 1858 - d. 1938), Florence; November 27, 1916, Volpi sale, American Art Galleries, New York, lot 914, to Miss Paul (?) [see note 1]. William Boyce Thompson (b. 1869 - d. 1930), Yonkers, New York (?). 1925, J. Templeman Coolidge, Boston; 1925, gift of J. Templeman Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 5, 1925) NOTES: [1] That the name of the buyer at the 1916 sale was Miss Paul and that the fireguard was subsequently in the Thompson collection is according to Roberta Ferrazza, "Palazzo Davanzati e le collezioni di Elia Volpi" (Florence, 1994), p. 273.

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Gift of John Templeman Coolidge

Italian, 15th century


Overall: 128.3 x 119.4 x 33.7 cm (50 1/2 x 47 x 13 1/4 in.)

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Metal; iron