Door knocker

DATE:
c. 1700–1750
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Iron
CLASSIFICATION:
Architectural elements
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 15 x 12 1/2in. (38.1 x 31.8cm.)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Entry, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.806

General Description

Made of polished iron, this beautiful door knocker is a fine example of French 18th-century metalworking. The knocker itself is of wrought iron that was shaped on an anvil with hammers; the backplate was cut from sheet iron. The elaborate baroque-style scrollwork of the backplate is characteristic of early 18th-century examples, as is the use of decorative "buttons" where the knocker joins the hinge. A bolt behind the hinge secured the knocker to the door, while the backplate was held in place by nails driven through the visible holes. "Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection," page 16