As I was recently shopping for antiques at the Interior Design Building at 306 East 61st Street in New York (one of my favorite haunts), I came across the antique anvils shown above and immediately below at Robert Altman LLC. I was fascinated by how Rustic Chic they looked.
Now anvils are not usually at the top of my list for “must-haves”, but when I saw how Robert took two heavy antique French anvils and perched them on simple white pedestals, I was amazed at how they were transformed from once-essential farm tool to rustic chic sculpture.
Every time I see an anvil (ok, so it’s not that often), I am transported back to my grandfather’s Alabama farm and can picture the anvil he had in his barn and recall how he used to say that my brother and I “could tear up an anvil”, so I guess we were pretty rough around the joint. But maybe now that I am older I should look into getting my own “farmer’s friend”.
In addition to the anvils, Robert Altman Antiques LLC has, since 1989, been a very valuable resource for America’s best interior designers and architects. His inventory is smart and thoughtfully selected and very imaginative. Robert also produces a handsome line of lighting and furniture and his selections are available through your design professional. But for a peek at more, visit his web site at www.robertaltmanllc.com.
Like many of you, I have never given the lowly anvil a sustained thought. But seeing them in Robert’s shop made me want to do a little research. The image below is an isometric drawing from Wikipedia and shows the various parts of an anvil. Such a rustic chic, useful barnyard (or household) item to use as sculpture or to shoe Ol’ Paint.