Antique Brazier: Warm Up the Winter...

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • Oct 30, 2012 • 0 Comments

Our country has started its gradual cool down – each day feeling closer and closer to twinkly lights and the smell of pine.  I’m seeing less straw hats and more mittens.  It’s a time when visits to the pumpkin patch are on our to-do lists and getting our heater working is top priority.  Today’s featured piece is this 19th century Italian bronze brazier, available here from The McNally Company Antiques, Inc

A brazier is a container for fire.  Think of it as a portable fireplace.  Dating back to Bible times, you can find braziers mentioned in the book Jeremiah 36:22-23 - “Now the king was sitting in the winter-house in the ninth month: and there was a fire in the brazier burning before him. And it came to pass; when Jehudi had read three or four leaves that the king cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was in the brazier, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier.” 

Braziers come in all different forms – some standing upright, like the one pictured here – others are hanging boxes or bowls.  Some are very small and others are large.  Their purpose is to provide heat and light, but they are also sometimes used for cooking or other cultural rituals.

Some Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican churches light a fire on a brazier and use the fire to light the Paschal candle during Easter Vigil.

In 20th century Spain, a brazier would be placed under the dinner table to keep legs and feet warm during suppertime.

If you’ve ever eaten at a Japanese Hibachi grill, you have seen a brazier.  The hibachi is a type of brazier used for cooking.

Now that the weather is cool, it might be fun to bundle up and eat outdoors.  Warm up some comfort food, bring it outdoors, and set it up around this unique brazier.  It will keep you toasty, provide some beautiful, dim dinner lighting, and give you something to talk about!

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