The fire basket formed an integral part of an opulent interior designed for Mulberry House, the Melchett's home.
The Melchett Fire Basket by Charles Sargeant Jagger, 1930
© V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)
- Cast iron
- 91.5 x 75.5 x 33 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £25,000 ( Total: £66,000; Export stopped)
- Acquired in:
It related directly to the relief 'Scandal' that hung above the fireplace, a humourous reference to the couples earlier 'menage à trois' with a writer. At the back of the fire basket, two snarling cats are depicted hiding behind female masks to signify the 'double face' and 'cattiness' of society gossip. In the centre is a macaw, a satire on the idea of 'parroting' phrases without thought for content or meaning.
Commissioned by Henry and Gwen Mond, Lord and Lady Melchett; by descent in the Melchett family until 1982; ....