Knocker, Door knocker, antique doorknob - Patinated bronze - 20th century

Knocker, Door knocker, antique doorknob - Patinated bronze - 20th century

Decorative bronze knocker, door knocker or doorknob, in perfect conditions.
Beautiful lion with noble rosette.
Turning the door into something very personal, stately and with excellence.

History: The first knockers in the Middle Ages consisted of hammers suspended from the leaves of the doors on the outside. The most typical and oldest form is the ring, of iron in the oldest ones, usually attached to a bronze head. They were banged in a pretty thick nail head. These knockers also served as handles and at the doors of some churches, they were a sign of asylum that was required by seizing the ring.

San Gregorio de Tours speaks of such an ancient custom. Said head was of a lion or a griffin or a chimera. Lion-heads were, for example, those of the callers of the cover of the cathedral of Puy-en-Vélay of the 11th century and another of the 13th century of the western door of the cathedral of Noyón. This class of callers were specially destined to the doors of the churches, no doubt because the tradition of the right of asylum so requested.

Lot details
Knocker, Door knocker, antique doorknob
Patinated bronze
Estimated Period
20th century
Country of Origin
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
22×15×5 cm
1 kg
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