19C Bronze and Iron Hanging Planter

PRESENTING a BEAUTIFUL AND RARE 19C Bronze and Iron Hanging Planter or Jardiniere.

In the style of Bradley & Hubbard cast iron works, but not marked.

From circa 1870-90 and probably made in Meriden, Connecticut.

Made of both bronze and cast iron it is of extremely high quality. From the top downwards, it contains interlocking cast iron medallions with central neoclassical faces. It then connects to 3 interlocking supports with large cast iron medallion on each arm connected to a bronze ring. This in turn connects to 3 bronze cherubs or angels, which are then connected to the central planter/jardiniere by virtue of highly detailed cast iron lattice work featuring angels as the central motif. The planter is likewise made of bronze and has gorgeous detail to it, including floral swags and neoclassical Goddess faces. It ends with a handle style finial, indicating that perhaps at one time it was attached to a ceiling on a pull down mechanism for watering etc.

We have NEVER seen another one quite this GOOD !!!


Jardinière has three meanings:

  1. flower box, a receptacle (usually a ceramic pot or urn) or a stand upon which, or into which, plants may be placed. (The French themselves refer to tabletop versions of such receptacles as cachepots.) Jardinières tend to be highly decorative and are sometimes used as garden accent elements for large plants and for raised culinary and herb gardens.
  2. a dish that is cooked or served with a mixture of spring vegetables, such as peascarrots, and green beans.
  3. a name for the golden ground beetle, the European mole cricket, and other species of beetles which attack plants in kitchen gardens.

Horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll wrote:

“There are some English words which have no equivalent in French, but then there are a great many more French words … for which we have no English. One of these is jardinière. Even in French it does not quite rightly express its meaning, because the obvious meaning of jardinière is female gardener, whereas what we understand by it … is a receptacle for holding pot-plants.”

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jardiniere


The Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company (1852–1940) was formed in Meriden, Connecticut, and over the years produced Art Brass tables, call bells, candlestick holders, clocks, match safes, lamps, architectural grilles, railings, etc. Overall the company patented 238 designs and mechanical devices. “By the 1890’s, the Bradley and Hubbard name was synonymous with high quality and artistic merit,” said Richard E. Stamm for the Smithsonian Institution, which has an extensive collection of Bradley and Hubbard manufactured design objects in its collection.

In 1895, in a biography of co-founder Nathaniel Bradley, Henry Hall described Bradley & Hubbard as, “This company has enjoyed almost phenomenal success, and from a small concern, employing only six workmen, it has grown to own and occupy an immense plant of brick buildings, with a floor area of nearly seven acres, employing about 1,500 operatives, with offices and sales rooms in New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.”

A stand manufactured by the Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company, Meriden, c. 1885 exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum of Art exhibition 19th century Modern (2011–12).

In 1940, the business was sold to the Charles Parker Company.

As of 2016, over 175 Bradley & Hubbard designs are in North American museums and collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal; Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh; Connecticut Historical Society, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan; the Historic New England organization in Boston; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY; the Smithsonian in Washington; the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford; and Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven. A customized interior installation by B&H is also situated in the James Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford, CT.[3]

In 2006–07, Bradley & Hubbard designs were featured in an exhibition A brass menagerie: Metalwork of the Aesthetic Movement curated by Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio in Utica, NY and New York City.[4] The exhibition was described by a New York Times critic as “One of the small, must-see exhibitions this summer”.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_%26_Hubbard_Manufacturing_Company


19C Bronze and Iron Hanging Planter.

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.

Condition: Very good for it’s age. One of the support links had a breakage which is now held together with a discreet tie. Not noticeable and does not adversely affect the piece.

Dimensions: 50″ Tall, 16.5″ Diameter at the top ring, 19.75″ Wide at Cherubs, Jardiniere is 11″ Tall and has a diameter of 6″.

PRICE: $1,800

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