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Shaving Stand

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Shaving Stand

Artist: Maker unknown (possibly Connecticut)

Date: 1885-1890
Medium: Brass, glass
Dimensions:
Overall: 62 7/8 x 18 7/8 x 18 7/8in. (159.7 x 47.9 x 47.9cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Brian Coleman
Object number: 2006.14
Label Text
Art brass furniture typically served as accent pieces in formal rooms—with the exception of brass beds, the popularity of which extended beyond that of other brass furniture. This shaving stand may well have coordinated with a bedroom suite. The decoration of the stand, which includes palmetto leaves, stylized flowers, and a lacy frame with Moorish overtones illustrates how art brass designers often combined multiple art historical precedents.
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Art brass furniture typically served as accent pieces in formal rooms of homes—with the exception of brass beds, the popularity of which extended well beyond that of other brass furniture. This shaving stand may well have coordinated with a bedroom suite.

 

While the maker is unknown, the stand presents elements that relate it to several manufacturers. The pattern embellishing the tubular vertical post is almost identical to “Scotch (extra) Pattern” tubing offered by Manhattan Brass Company. Several firms including Manhattan Brass and W. T. Mersereau used cast feet with a lion motif. The decoration of the shaving stand, which includes palmetto leaves, stylized flowers, and a lacy frame with Moorish overtones, illustrates how art brass designers often combined multiple art historical precedents.