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Tanglewood Wrought Iron Gate

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American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2640B
Date / Time :
March 03, 2013 10:00AM


Tanglewood Wrought Iron Gate, America, late 19th/20th century, with scrolled cresting above four panels composed of scrolled leafy vines, with flanking vertical rails terminating in arrow points, ht. 91 1/2, wd. 52 1/2 in.

Note: Long associated with excellence in the musical arts, Tanglewood has been steeped in the pursuit of beauty since its very beginnings. Artists, musicians, composers and even authors, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, were welcome guests at the estate from the moment that William Aspinwall Tappan and his wife Caroline Sturgis Tappan made it their summer home in the 1840s. Enjoyed by the family for many decades, Tanglewood was generously donated to the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1936 by Caroline's daughter, Mary Aspinwall Tappan, and granddaughter, Rosamond Sturgis Dixey.

This gate came from the estate when the family left it to the BSO and is an excellent example of the artistic wrought iron that ornamented American domestic architecture at the time. Bearing a strong resemblance to the intricate wrought iron found throughout Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, the gate displays a density of gracefully-formed curves and curls that show a master craftsman's many hours of careful work.

Estimate $1,000-1,500

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


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