Lot 807: American Painted Iron Wardian Case
December 4, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: American Painted Iron Wardian Case, 19th c., strapwork panels, hinged top, h. 24 in., w. 20 1/4 in., d. 20 1/4 in. Note: The Wardian case was invented in 1829 by Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, after his collection of ferns was poisoned by London's pollution. The cases were quickly adopted by plant explorers, prospecting the world for new plants. By mid-century, handsome examples were found in stylish drawing rooms. Ref.: Lichten, Frances, Decorative Art of Victoria's Era, p. 160.