While there are many forms of umbrella stands, this one is unusual. Hand-painted and fashioned in brass, it has been elaborately worked into two distinct pictures, each surrounded by a decorative embossed frame. This stand is about 100 years old.
The vignette on the right portrays three gentlemen drinking outside an inn with a white-aproned serving girl in attendance. The other scene shows a similar cluster of figures drinking around a small table, while a dog under the table seems to be joining in the revelry.
The third-dimensional effect of the hand-hammered brass was made even more decorative by all the details in both vignettes. I especially like the pair of windows that are made to appear to be of old leaded glass. However, it is the wonderful colors painted on the figures that really make this piece exceptional. Each one has been carefully picked out and, as such, not only be seen as an individual, but also adds to the general charm of the vignette. It is remarkable that there is so much color retention in all of the figures and background features that the artist originally used to portray the scenes.
The stand has been made in wood and covered in brass with three compartments to divide the top space so that sticks and umbrellas can more easily stand. At the bottom is the original metal tray, probably of tin, that was installed to catch the drips from wet umbrellas. There is a handle on the tray so that it can be easily pulled out for emptying. On each of the narrow sides there is a third-dimensional brass lion’s head placed for the purpose of holding a large brass ring to help move the stand. Although one ring is still present, the other has been lost. The back side is decorated with overall hand-hammering to create a pattern of small indentations. The stand sits on two feet that have been covered in brown felt, presumably so that it does not scratch one’s floor.
The condition of this piece is excellent for a piece of its age and intended use. There is a small area above the windows in one vignette that suffered a small amount of paint loss, allowing the original brass to be revealed.
The entire embossed and painted vignettes remind one of scenes from “merry olde England.” This is a colorful and useful piece of decorative art.
It measures 26-1/4” wide, 19-3/8” high, and 8” deep.
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