An original cast iron Coalbrookdale Rococo style firegrate almost identical to SNo 13884. The unusual lobed back containing the firebrick, into which are locked the intricately scrolled sides and fronts with floral cast detail, flanking the drop in boldly bowed fire bars. The last image below showing the grate is from a Coalbrookdale Catalogue.
Made by the Coalbrookdale Company, Ironbridge, Shropshire.
English, Circa 1850.
The Coalbrookdale company, situated near Ironbridge in Shropshire, is where the famous 18th century arched iron bridge, opened in 1780 and the first in the world, was made. The company who also made the highly decorative Hyde Park Gates, was by the mid 19th century the largest foundry in the world producing both utilitarian and decorative items for a global market.
Link to: Antique fire grates and log baskets.