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Sharp teeth and spiky fur bring fierce rhythm and energy to this beastly spiral. Sculptor William Hunt Diederich specialized in animal forms, using horses, goats, deer, and especially greyhounds in designs for lamps, railings, weathervanes, and statues. This fire screen probably first decorated a Manhattan town house or a Long Island mansion during the boom years of the 1920s. Diederich’s chief patrons—captains of industry and finance—embraced these traditional, masculine hunting motifs and the sleek and modern Art Deco style.

Details

  • Title: Wolf and Hounds Fire Screen
  • Creator: William Hunt Diederich
  • Creator Lifespan: 1884/1953
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Tappan, NY
  • Creator Birth Place: Hungary
  • Date: ca.1925
  • Location Created: New York City, NY
  • Provenance: Private collection, Mississippi, ca. 1965–2012; Purchased from sculpture dealer Joel Rosenkranz by Chrysler Museum of Art, November 2012.
  • Physical Dimensions: w42 7/8 x h47 3/4 x d8 3/8 in
  • Credit Line: Museum purchase
  • Type: Furniture
  • Medium: Wrought iron, sheet iron, and steel mesh

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