From France, circa 1870, this pair of wrought and gilt iron gates are full of energy and movement. The highly scrolled gates are comprised of an elaborate network of volutes and counter curves, arranged in a roughly rectangular fashion. The quality of the construction is very good, comprised of scrolled elements joined by screws, pins and tiny welds. A highly sloping rinceau at the top of each gate is embellished with a large quatrefoil leaf set inside a volute whorl and a curled leaf that spans almost the entire length of the transom. Both of these foliate elements are gilded, as are leafy motifs that dot the main body, which are viewable from both sides. The gilt elements include similar leaves seen on the transom, a prominent Fleur de Lys, and banding affixed to the central twisted rib. A beautiful pair of wrought iron gates that can be used indoors or outside, such as an entrance to a wine cellar or courtyard.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor rubs and buildup. Light oxidation has given some areas of the iron a brownish-orange patina. Light losses of gilding to the foliate elements.