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Bench

Bench

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Coalbrookdale Company (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast iron, painted

  • Museum number:

    M.6-1979

  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114a, case EXP

Physical description

Garden bench of cast iron with a mythological style pastoral scene.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

late 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Coalbrookdale Company (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Cast iron, painted

Dimensions

Height: 102 cm, Width: 167 cm, Depth: 67 cm

Object history note

Made by the Coalbrookdale Company. Coalbrookdale had a number of cast iron garden seats in its catalogues from the 1830s onwards. This one was called the "Medallion" pattern, and, like others in the range, was available in a selection of colours: green, chocolate, bronze, or "painted oak". The Coalbrookdale ironworks were established in 1706 by Abrahan Darby (1678-1717), the first ironmaster to successfully smelt iron with coke. This breakthrough led to the mass-production of cast iron on an industrial scale, and contributed to the Industrial Revolution as a whole. The first iron bridge - which gave its name to the nearby town, iron rails and steam locomotives were produced there, but in the 19th century the Company was also a major manufacturer of domestic cast and wrought iron goods. Its catalogues offered appliances ranging from umbrella stands to fireplaces, fruit plates and garden furniture.

Descriptive line

Garden bench, cast iron, made by the Coalbrookdale Company, England, late 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

fig.12, p.15
Campbell, Marian. An Introduction to Ironwork. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1985. 48 p., ill. ISBN 0112904157
Ames, A. Collecting Cast Iron. Ashbroune, 1980. pp.100-101
The Coalbrookdale Ironworks: A Short History. Ironbridge, 1975
Trinder, B. The Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron: A Guide to the Museum and the Old Furnace. Ironbridge, 1979.
Trinder, B. The Darbys of Coalbrookdale. Chichester, 1974.

Labels and date

GARDEN BENCH
Cast iron
England; c. 1870
Made by the Coalbrookdale Company

Coalbrookdale had a number of cast iron garden seats in its catalogues from the 1830s onwards. This one was called the "Medallion" pattern, and, like others in the range, was available in a selection of colours: green, chocolate, bronze, or "painted oak".

The Coalbrookdale ironworks were established in 1706 by Abrahan Darby (1678-1717), the first ironmaster to successfully smelt iron with coke. This breakthrough led to the mass-production of cast iron on an industrial scale, and contributed to the Industrial Revolution as a whole. The first iron bridge - which gave its name to the nearby town, iron rails and steam locomotives were produced there, but in the 19th century the Company was also a major manufacturer of domestic cast and wrought iron goods. Its catalogues offered appliances ranging from umbrella stands to fireplaces, fruit plates and garden furniture.

Museum No. M.6-1979 [07/1994]

Materials

Cast iron

Techniques

Forging (metal forming); Painting

Categories

Metalwork; Ironwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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