National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Iron Grille Iron Grille
Rendered by William Kieckhofel (artist), 1941
watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paper
overall: 36.8 x 26.6 cm (14 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.) Original IAD Object: Approx. 4'x4'10"
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Folk Arts of the Spanish Southwest from the Index of American Design
Object 4 of 25

The workshops of San Fernando were renowned for their ironwork. Produced by Indian blacksmiths, this handsome window grille is an example of their craft, and its style is typical of San Fernando, which created the most ornate grilles of all the missions. This window grille continues an art form that was indigenous to Spain. Not only is the design of European origin, but iron itself was a new artistic medium for the Indian craftsmen of California who had previously worked only in stone and wood.

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