Steel Firedogs by Gimson

Designed by Ernest Gimson and probably made by Alfred Bucknell at the Sapperton smithy.

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Art work details

Year of production :
1903
Category:
Metalwork
Dimensions :
H. 68.5cm
Credit Line :
Purchased from Gimson's executors, 1919.

The firedog shown here is one of a matching pair.

In a letter dated 23 December 1907 to Philip Webb who had visited his exhibition at Debenham & Freebody’s, the London department store, Gimson wrote:

'The fire-dogs were made by the young village smith and were pierced and chased on his anvil. My smiths all think such things rather trivial & are much happier with their forges & hammers – as who wouldn’t be!'