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Firedog, one of a pair, 1893

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The Ulrich Acquisition Fund for Modern Designexpand_more  2000.234.1

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George Jack was an integral figure in the British Arts and Crafts movement. From about 1890, he was chief furniture designer for William Morris' Morris and Co. and in 1880 began working in the office of architect and designer Philip Webb. Both Morris and Webb were strong proponents of a move away from industrialization and back to the handmade tradition in objects for the home. Jack's design for these firedogs, meant to hold fire tools on their protruding brackets, are an excellent example of the whimsy inherent in English Arts and Crafts, with their simplified design featuring a pair of stylized owls.

Details
Title
Firedog, one of a pair
Artist Life
(lived in England), 1855-1932
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2000.234.1
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