At almost 10 feet long, this wrought iron balcony gate is in the style of Louis XV. The railing was created in Argentina circa 1900. During the 19th and 20th centuries, many French artisans and architects immigrated to Argentina. The influx of French culture could be seen throughout Argentinian architecture, particularly in Buenos Aires, which was dubbed “Paris of Latin America”.
During the period of Louis XV, a sub-style known as Rocaille began to flourish. Furnishings and architecturals adhering to the Rocaille aesthetic featured ornate décor that was curvaceous and expressed movement. Ornamentation was modeled after nature (typically rocks and shells) and generally symmetrical in orientation. A famous example of Rocaille ironwork can be seen on gates and railings at Place Stanislas in Nancy, France.
The front of the railing has a central margent of curled leaves with fruit surrounded by C-scrolls. Prickets extend from the top and the bottom of the margent. Large, airy volutes that terminate in acanthus rinceaux are joined to the scrolls by pebble-like connections. Interlaced scrolls and volutes extend towards the edges and are interspersed with roundels and wavy prickets. The sides of the railing are adorned with volutes and C-scrolls that abut each other.
This wrought iron balcony gate from “French Argentina” can be installed on an existing house or a new construction project. Iron bars that protrude from the back are used to affix the iron. The railing can also be repurposed into a long and striking console table, with either a wood, stone, or marble top.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with oxidation and minor dings. Some losses and buildup to paint as seen in photos.