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  • Place of origin:

    Falkirk (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Adam, Robert, born 1728 - died 1792 (designer)
    Carron Iron Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast iron and steel, carved and pierced

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114a, case WS

Physical description

Hob-grate made of cast iron with panels of relief decoration. Each side is cast in relief with a medallion containing a shaped female figure suspended from a riband. Carved front of three bars, with a pierced apron.

Place of Origin

Falkirk (made)


ca. 1780 (made)


Adam, Robert, born 1728 - died 1792 (designer)
Carron Iron Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cast iron and steel, carved and pierced


Height: 67.3 cm, Width: 136 cm

Descriptive line

Cast iron hob-grate possibly designed by Robert Adam and cast by the Carron Co. of Falkirk, ca. 1780

Labels and date

Cast iron and steel
England; c. 1790
Probably designed by Robert Adam (1728-92)

The grate was probably cast by the Carron Company of Falkirk, Scotland (founded 1759), one of the pioneering manufacturers of decorative cast ironwork. John Adam (1712-92) became a partner in 1763 and with his brothers James (1732-94) and Robert produced a series of elegant railings, stoves, fireplaces surrounds and hob-grates with panels of relief decoration. The Neo-classical motifs on this example are very characteristic of the Adam brothers' work.

Museum No. M.424-1936 [07/1994]


Cast iron; Steel


Casting; Carving; Piercing; Technique


Metalwork; Household objects; Ironwork; Scotland


Metalwork Collection

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