Open fire or open fire with a good, deep red to hand. Dreamy. Depending on who you are, or aspire to be. The Gothic revival, ornate coal box or cellarette, by Benham & Froud no less.
Extremely rare, documented, Benham & Froud, Cellarette / Coal Box. I've never seen one before, can't find another out there..
d1870. Originally advertised as “The ornate coal box.. with mounts for other”.. (see original registration photos for box & mounts).
Exciting Note: I don’t think we’re going mad. Having studied the original registration photo by Benham & Froud. We feel the decorative grain, in places, matches our box.This suggests, it is one and the same box. How unlikely is that !!?? (up for discussion).
An entertaining eyeful with a presentation of having just been lifted from an old 19th century vicarage fireplace, then dropped onto the market place.
Solid oak, iron & brass construction with tin liner. Fine & functional in a dusty old, slightly dishevelled sort of way.
No coal dust particularly evident, however it appears it was used more as a log/coal box rather than cellarette.
There is the general sustained distressing, that comes with a working piece.
Closer inspection reveals an historical over-polish from who knows when and black touching up of the iron ornament. Feet worn down, a half cm or so due to use. A couple of running repairs, due to use and natural shrinkage of the timbers.
Bears both:Trade mark label “The ball and cross of Saint Paul’s cathedral". Kitemark to iron ornament, date 1870.
Interesting Note: Designer unknown, however a number of noted designers were closely associated with "Benham & Froud", including Christopher Dresser and Charles Locke Eastlake.
A good find. More interesting and pleasing than most, both historically and visually.
Full condition report on request.
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