d1870 "BENHAM & FROUD" Coal Box / Cellarette
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.
d1870. Originally advertised as “The ornamental 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.
Bears both: Trade mark label “The ball and cross of Saint Paul’s cathedral” and 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.
DIMENSIONS: H:42cm W:61cm D:48cm