cf. C. Gere and M. Whiteway, Nineteenth-Century Design; From Pugin to Mackintosh, London, 1993, p. 160, pl. 198 for an illustration of an andiron of this design.
S. Weber Soros and C. Arbuthnott, Thomas Jeckyll, Architect and Designer, 1827-1881, Yale, 2003, pp. 229 and 230 for illustrations of pairs of andirons of this design, p. 230 for images of andirons of this design in period adverts.
Thomas Jeckyll adapted the sunflower motif he used for the railings of the Japanese Pavilion at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition for a fire basket and andirons. Made by Barnard, Bishop and Barnards, these smaller domestic designs, particularly the andirons, proved to be quite popular. Examples were used to furnish Saint George's House, the headquarters of the British commissioners at the Philadelphia Exhibition and the andirons can be seen in vintage photographs of the textile manufacturer David L. Einstein's library and also in the hall of the Long Island house of Samuel P. Hinckley. Andirons of this design were exhibited at the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle in Barnard, Bishop and Barnards' display and installed in the dining room of the Prince of Wales pavilion.