An exceptional pair of cast-iron settees in the fern pattern, American, ca. 1900. Each approximately 30 ins. high, 43 ins. wide, 20 ins. deep.
This pattern is a variation of a more common Fern pattern. This rare variation is known to have been produced by at least two American makers, but doesn’t seem to have been produced by the Coalbrookdale Company, the English firm that designed the original, ubiquitous fern pattern. Previously thought only to have been made by the James Carr foundry of Richmond, VA, the recent discovery of a suite marked by John McLean of New York refutes that assumption. This version of the fern pattern has a much airier aesthetic and an overall daintier feel than the more traditional design.
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