Historic Brooklyn Urn
A cast-iron planter comprised of a tazza atop a fluted cylindrical baluster on an octagonal base, with plaque on baluster stamped “ERECTED 1901” and “PATENTED JUNE 8, 1830”, and with an opposing plaque depicting a classical maiden, American, ca. 1900. 52 ins. high, 41 ins. wide; bowl 12 ins. deep; base 52 ins. in diameter.
Provenance: This large planter was removed in 2010 from the courtyard of the historic Cobble Hill Towers building in Brooklyn, New York. Built in 1879, Cobble Hill Towers was created by philanthropist and social activist Alfred T. White as the city’s first-ever affordable, decent housing for workers. Championed by Jacob Riis in 1906, Cobble Hill Towers was a revolutionary complex that afforded basic luxuries and sanitary conditions to the city’s workers. White’s vision of decent housing for working people was in stark contrast to the dilapidated state of tenement buildings that had been the norm throughout the city.
Barbara says, "This is an unusual piece with a wonderful history—I can see it at the center of a large courtyard used as a fountain or a horse trough at a stable".