The fine example of a Victorian brass doorstop illustrates the talents of the foundries, which were not only able to produce remarkable and useful objects for the home in metal, but also make these objects into pieces of art. No landed gentry home or that of the upper-classes would have been without a good selection of brass doorstops, especially for their larger and heavier wooden doors.
Many of the better-quality doorstops of the time, as this one, were weighted with lead and had attractive decorative handles to relocate these heavy pieces when required. This wonderfully detailed doorstop features a seated dog on a fanciful garden floor while guarding the estate. The intricate and scrolling handle has matching and complementary designs that tie it to the base. The top loop even has a thumb-piece disguised as a leaf to help the staff lift it.
The brass has acquired a beautiful soft patina as only the aging process of some 150 years can produce. It has obviously been loving polished for generations.
It is in excellent condition, especially considering its age and purpose. There is a very small amount of pitting and some coagulated dirt that has blackened in the recesses; but this only adds to its overall effect and antique character.
This is a beautiful quality piece of brass work produced during a time when the factories were supplying many of the useful features in a Victorian home, such as candlesticks, coal shuttles, buckets, horse brasses, lighting and the like.
It measures 13-7/8 inches high and 6-3/4 inches wide at the base.
Victorian 19th Century Brass Doorstop with Seated Dog