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The history of wrought iron slowly unveils ...
WROUGHT IRON, THE ANCIENT CRAFTSMANSHIP
Iron, as the important material, appeared in human’s history thousands of years ago.
Until 16th century, the technics using acid to corrode iron was invented in Italy. From then on, the iron and art merge. Going through the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution, the wrought iron not only remains the magnificent decorations of the very first beginning but also has the eternal beauty of freedom and fluency.
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History of wrought iron
Wrought iron, as the decoration for architecture appearing in the end of 16th century when the Baroque prevailed has been along with the development of architectural decoration. The traditional European handicrafts are classic with the glorious history passing down to now.
Early back to 16th century, the technics using acid to corrode iron was invented in Italy and Germany, that was the breakthrough of history of wrought iron. At that moment, there were two forces to boost the development of wrought iron: the privileged classes such as members of the imperial house or the priests who were fond of art and architecture, the upstarts who were eager to show their wealth and taste. From then, the wrought iron was marked by privilege, wealth and status. The Renaissance and the other art tendencies provide the wrought iron with the vast soil to grow up. Before the Renaissance, the imperial wrought iron was vintage and gorgeous but stiff with the vapidity of religion. When the Renaissance came, it infused the new blood into wrought iron which remained the used magnificence and fluency having more personal characteristics. The themes of birds, flowers and ordinary people started to appear in wrought iron.
The prevail of Neo-Classicism encouraged the blacksmiths to gain the inspirations from the ancient Greek culture that make the wrought iron more classic and elegant. What’s more, the Baroque, Rococo and Naturalism bring the wrought iron with humanity.
进入中国延续传承 Inheritance in China
Wrought iron developed slowly in China. In the tradition of house decoration of China, wood was the major material. The craftsmen craved and hollow out in woods. They never tried other materials for decoration that limit the development of wrought iron.
From Qing Dynasty, the wrought iron was introduced by the western missionaries and merchants and was accepted by the dignitaries. The Chinese blacksmith started to follow and created the patterns that fitted for Chinese. In this way, the wrought iron begins to merge with the Chinese culture.
19th century is a period needed to remember in the history of wrought iron. The Industrial Revolution boosted the output of steel. The furniture designers foresaw the future of wrought iron which became a new category of industry. The mechanical production soon replaced the manual craftsmanship.