Crafted by French artisans during the 1940’s, this pair of wrought iron garden gates has whimsical elements known as la faune du jardin (“fauna of the garden”). The lively gates are reminiscent of early Art Nouveau architecture, drawing inspiration from nature.
A highly shaped and descending transom comprised of loops and scrolls tops both sections. Multiple scrolls adorn the main body, with a few of them terminating in open flowers. Coiled springs emanate from some of the scrolls, adding to the movement captured by the gates. The black iron is offset by wonderful foliate and animal motifs with a gold finish. Several curled leaves, a snail, butterfly, and gecko can be seen, roughly in the same locations on each gate. Interestingly, there is also a grasshopper on the left gate (in the main photo), while its counterpart on the right is a perched dragonfly.
Our pair of wrought iron la faune du jardin garden gates have details on both sides, allowing them to be installed with the hinges (which are still attached) on the outer or inner edge. They would make a fantastic entrance to a rose garden or a footpath. For inside the house, consider installing them at the entrance of an interior courtyard or wine cellar.
CONDITION: Very good condition with fleabites, light buildup and oxidation. The gates were designed with the hinges on the outside (see main photo), however they could easily be installed in the inverse position, as seen in some detail photos.