This 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 large basket of fruit and flowers atop an oval base. The handle is ridged and wrapped in a ribbon-like decoration that extends over the top into the handle, which has cascading sheaves of wheat on both ends. The third-dimensional effect of the fruit, basket and large flowers is striking and decorative.
This doorstop is not only functional, but offers a romantic element in an unexpected place.
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 some old dirt and remnants of polish that have coagulated in the recesses between the large pieces of fruit and flowers; 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 is 14 inches high and measures 5-7/8 inches at its widest point.
Victorian 19th Century Brass Doorstop with Basket of Fruit and Flowers