Wrought iron for the Olivia Wilde’s house

Olivia Wilde’s House Sells For $2.2 Million

wrought_iron_olivia_wilde_house2Sometimes you just have to cut your losses and move on. That seems to be what actress Olivia Wilde did with the sale of her home in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif.

Wilde’s home sold for $2.19 million Wednesday, reports the Los Angeles Times, and she bought it in 2011 for $2.295 million. That means she lost about $104,000 on the sale — but something tells us that Wilde has more important things on her mind. Namely, the promotion of her upcoming film “Drinking Buddies” and her upcoming wedding to comedian Jason Sudeikis.

Wilde had originally listed the property for $2.495 million last November, soon after she bought an apartment in New York with Sudeikis.

The 1929 property has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The grounds include a gazebo and waterfall spa, and inside the home boasts original Malibu tile, stained glass and wrought iron.

She bought the home in March 2011, around the same time that she listed the Venice home she once shared with filmmaker husband Tao Ruspoli. He and Wilde split in 2011 after 8 years of marriage.

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Wrought Iron Encompasses a Beautiful Craft

wrought_iron_alexandra_parkWrought iron is a form of iron that has been preferred as a material by blacksmiths, ever since man learned to produce iron from the ore, through the process of heating it. The term ‘wrought’, signifies anything that is worked on.

Blacksmiths in days gone by, constantly heated such iron in forges and continued to work on the iron to give it the desired shape.  Wrought iron contains a small percentage of slag, which is basically impurity from the iron ore. This slag, which is mainly siliceous, forms a strong physical link with the iron.

Wrought iron has been used by humanity for a number of purposes. Its physical characteristic is that it will bend before it breaks, and this has allowed the material to be made into many shapes. In fact, the entire Eiffel tower is made of wrought iron, and the fact that it has stood the ravages of time, point to the versatility and enduing quality of the metal. There are records of wrought iron being used to make doors and furniture even during the Roman era.

They were introduced in to masonry domes and arches and helped to ensure that these structures remained physically tied up, so that loads were transferred correctly.  Wrought iron began to take the place of bronze for weapons and tools, as the raw material was for making iron was more abundantly available than the copper and tin required to make bronze.

Wrought iron has been extensively used on the outside of olden buildings to make fences and gates that have stood the test of time.  The Middle Ages led to a lot of handcrafted work made from wrought iron and such examples are seen even now in church screens, and pieces of body armor that were very decorative. Wrought iron fences are even now, very highly priced, and the elegance that they give to walls and gates, is unmatched by any other modern material.

That is why wrought iron fences, grills and gates are even now very much in vogue. There are companies that specialize in making them, and most of them are finding it difficult to execute the orders in time for their demanding customers. Wrought iron never seems to go out of style and designers and architects are constantly finding newer uses for this material by combining it with others, like brass and copper.

This metal has become a favorite with many homeowners to enhance the interior décor of their houses. So you can find artwork made of wrought iron that serves as a wall piece, especially in porches and patios. Similar wall art using wrought iron can be seen in mirror frames, around clocks and bookcases. Wrought iron tables and chairs make for sturdy furniture especially for patios, conservatories and gardens. They can withstand all weather conditions. Wrought iron is used to make very pleasing candles stands, curtain rods and supports. And if you have a wrought iron stairway spiralling up to the upper levels of your home, you are assured of an item of home décor that can serve as a centerpiece.


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Wrought Iron then and now

wrought_iron_gates_Bok_Tower1Wrought iron is an iron alloy that has fibrous materials also known as slag. These fibrous parts are what give the wood grain look to wrought iron. Wrought iron is also used as a raw material in the production of steel.

The words wrought iron essentially means “worked iron”. This term is usually used to describe the commodity, but can be specifically used to describe finished goods created by a blacksmith.  Smith workers chose to primarily work with wrought iron instead of cast iron.  Wrought iron is able to be worked when hot or cold whereas the cast iron will crumble when struck with a hammer.

Wrought iron has a low carbon content which makes it a much stronger iron as opposed to pig iron or cast iron.  Though many of the early materials are made of pig iron or cast iron, these items have excess “slag” which had to be removed in order to produce the much stronger wrought iron.

Wrought iron is the purest form of commercial iron containing 0.25% chemicals such as manganese, sulfur and silicon.  The carbon content is also much less than that of cast iron and is usually 0.10% to 0.25% lower.

Wrought iron is a common term that most have heard of before.  In the 1800′s, wrought iron was used to produce a variety of different items.  Blacksmiths or other Smith workers would craft swords, cutlery, chains, rails, bolts, nuts and nails.

Throughout the centuries one can see wrought iron furniture, sculptures and other pieces of art dating all the way back to the Romans.  This metal became popular in London on the 1700′s ornately designed furniture for British royalty.

In the late 1800′s, the popularity of wrought iron objects started to decline.  The ornate workings and ornamental ironworks began to be replaced by much more mild steel which became more cost effective to produce rather than the older wrought iron.

These new materials can be seen throughout the world today in many different applications. Some of these applications include furniture, bedding, garden sculptures, patio furniture, flower pot hangers and more.

The wrought iron sold in store today however is not equivalent to that of the iron sold back in the 1800′s.  Most of the iron today is made up of a low carbon steel which,  in fact costs nearly half of the cost to make something from true wrought iron.

In the 1960′s, sheet metal began being used in appliances and furniture because of its rust resistance.  In 1969 the last iron plant closed in the United States, leaving one left in the UK which closed in 1973.  The machinery from these factories is preserved in a museum in the UK.

There are very few uses left for solid wrought iron left today in modern times.  The only times we will see quality wrought iron being used now is in rare projects where there is ornamental restoration of an old building or heritage project that specifically calls out for quality wrought iron.


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Wrought iron and Paul Delvaux’s art


wrought_iron_paul_delvaux“I would like to create a fabulous painting I which I would live, in which I could live” – Paul Delvaux (1897-1994). There is a theatrical quality to Paul Delvaux’s work where he choreographs narratives of melancholia and eroticism with scenes mostly inhabited by naked women. These strange, but appealing, surreal worlds are occupied by silent protagonists whose deadpan gazes appear to speak volumes in spite of their taciturnity.

They seem to be at odds with their surroundings, disconnected from nature and incongruously plopped onto proscenia as if they have just stepped out of a time machine.

Architectural sets predominate many of the tableaux with neoclassical references that reoccur with increasing regularity throughout the work. In “Jeune femme devant une temple”  (1949), the protagonist dominates the foreground in a left to right upward diagonal sweep of the composition. Articulated lines of the ground tiles recede towards a vanishing point with a classical temple in the background.

A toga-clad male “antagonist” inhabits the middle ground, whilst a half-naked female “chorus member” weeps over a sarcophagus. Reason and order lie side by side, doing battle with the unspoken torment of melancholia. A similar dissonance transpires with pictorial elements such as the systematic codes of symmetry alongside the highly decorative, which also occur in repeated motifs such as jewel-encrusted tiaras, embroidered collars, fans, hatpins or lace details.

In “L’eloge de la melancholie” (1948), a similar scene is placed in a different time warp, only this time it moves to an interior setting. The naked foreground figure, whose only bodily embellishment is her highly bejeweled neck, lies in pensive contemplation, taking in the view of a woman whose exquisite lace clothing, echoing the intricacy of the necklace, falls languidly off her body. Repetition of this curlicue pattern pops up in the wrought iron of the double doors, her hair, and a set of hatpins, that immobilizes a garment to the floor like tress on a miniature landscape.  The animated face of a Greek male statue, whose sideways glance gives us a hint of what might just have taken place, witnesses the scene.

Delvaux’s palette is muted yet rich with colours that allude to mood, atmosphere sensuality and the workings of the unconscious. Influences from Magritte and De Chirico are apparent yet understated because he has made the space of his creations very much his own.

Other features in his paintings include tilted picture planes, elements of the absurd, and incongruous connections between people and place, all of which add to a sense of the theatrical as a form of catharsis. In “Le Sabbat” (1962), a trio of partially clothed women, bearing floor-length headdresses made of leaves, engages in some form of silent communication. Their gaze is deadpan but they seem to gesticulate animatedly in the foreground.

As we move back into the picture plane, the female characters occupy various positions moving deeper into space and in various stages of undress. The central figure in the mid-ground faces us directly in the very centre of the image with legs spread apart in a triangle shape, directing our eye as a passage through them as she pulls her dress over her head. Just behind her two naked women wrestle one another, whilst a fully clothed, bespectacled male character pleads with his reflection in a full-length mirror.

I particularly liked the room in the centre of the gallery, dedicated to a series of works on paper in India ink and watercolour. They had a tactile quality whose surface richness was owing to the heavily worked drawn elements with crosshatching, tiny detail, and transparency of the colours, imbuing them with a delicate virtuosity and sensitivity of touch, as well as a nineteenth century aesthetic that appealed to a sense of visual nostalgia, and recall Delvaux’s early obsession with Jules Verne.

from artlyst.com

The Beauty of Products Fabricated Out Of Wrought Iron

commercial-grade-wrought-iron-furnitureHousehold fixtures and components fabricated out of wrought iron maintain a high reputation for durability and long life. When compared directly to less expensive alternative materials including aluminum, synthetic or plastic components such as fencing or outdoor furniture, it holds up extremely well.

There are significant advantages to purchasing wrought-iron furniture and fencing. These advantages include:

Durability – It is nearly impossible the damage or break any component that is fabricated out of wrought iron. However, it does require a proper coat of paint to ensure minimal exposure to rust. Once a proper paint coating is applied there is virtually no maintenance required as it maintains a resistance to all types of weather conditions. With minimal maintenance and overall care, furniture and fencing crafted out of wrought iron can last more than just a lifetime, while maintaining its ideal shape.

Extremely Heavy Material – Outdoor furniture crafted out of wrought iron is an excellent choice for homeowners. The metal is an extremely heavy material, reducing the potential of blowing away, or blowing over in the event of a heavy windstorm. It is not easy to tip over, jar, or damage. Its sturdiness allows designers to be significantly more creative in their design because of the strength and weight-holding properties of the metal.

Very Malleable Material – The reason that blacksmiths enjoy working with wrought iron is its malleability. Under heat, it can be worked into unique, interesting shapes that are very visually appealing. Wrought iron can be fabricated in a variety of styles including elaborate traditional and modern-day contemporary designs. The metal’s malleability also allows designs to be personalized, while adding a touch of sophistication, luxury and classiness to any project around the home.

As Furniture – Furniture that is crafted out of wrought iron tends to be more expensive than other materials. However, because of its longevity it compares favorably to other types of materials including aluminum, synthetic wicker or plastic. The wrought iron components of the furniture will never need to be repaired or replaced as long as the paint coating prevents the potential of rusting.

Easy to Clean – With the proper coating, wrought iron furniture is very easy to maintain and keep clean. Simply wiping down the furniture every so often with just a bit of water and soap can keep it looking brand-new.

As Fencing – Many homeowners like to install wrought iron fencing around the perimeter of their property. It offers a level of security to prevent strangers or trespassers from gaining unauthorized access into the property surrounding the home. It offers an ideal solution for providing high levels of security while allowing children to play in the yard. Its durability can offer a secure perimeter that adds both value to the worth of the home, and a level of elegance to its curb appeal.

With a huge array of design options that are available including high-quality wrought iron fencing and patio furniture, the beauty of the metal can suit nearly any home-style theme. Wrought iron is the ideal solution for adding elegance, privacy and security to the home when used as a decorative fence around the property perimeter.


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