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Pair of Brass "Lemon Top" Andirons

Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes Impressed mark on brass covering the billet bar behind the log stops.
Origin United States, Massachusetts
Period 19th Century
Materials Cast Brass and Iron
Dimensions
W. 8.5 in; H. 18.5 in; D. 22.5 in;
W. 21.59 cm; H. 46.99 cm; D. 57.15 cm;
Condition Good. Slight denting to lemon finials
Creation Date c. 1825
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description PAIR OF BRASS "LEMON-TOP" ANDIRONS
Signed: J. DAVIS/ BOSTON
James Davis (active 1803-1828)
Boston, c. 1825


The lemon-shaped finials on a plinth above a hexagonal pillar set on a square pedestal with stepped, molded base with bracket feet, each with a curved arm connecting to a conforming log stop and iron billet bar. Each with impressed mark on the brass covering of the billet bar behind the log stop: J. DAVIS/ BOSTON.

H: 18½" D: 22½" W: 8½"

Condition: Good; Minor dents to each lemon finial.

Davis was an important brass founder in Boston occupying locations on Snowhill Street and 65 Prince Street before settling at 19 Union Street for most of his career. In 1828, his son, James Jr., joined the firm and they merged with Joseph Warren Revere to form the Revere Copper Company. Davis is known to have made at least six different models including four earlier, Federal, examples with splayed legs with slipper feet and two "left and right" Classical models including the present pair.

James Davis andirons are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg, The Henry Ford Museum and Old Sturbridge Village.
Styles / Movements Americana, Classical, Traditional
Dealer Reference Number Mt-AAA-213153
Incollect Reference Number 450582
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