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Auction: Auction 19.05.2009
was auctioned on: 19 May 2009
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A Coalbrookdale water plant pattern cast iron seat

Estimate: £2,500 - £4,000
ca. US$3,859 - US$6,174
Price realised:  £2,200
ca. US$3,396
Lot number 36, Views: 12

A Coalbrookdale water plant pattern cast iron seat
late 19th century stamped Coalbrookdale with pattern number and diamond registration stamp 188cm.; 74ins wide This design by Christopher Dresser no. 206162 was registered and patented by the Coalbrookdale Foundry at the Public Records Office on 18th February 1867 and is seat no. 45 in their 1875 Castings Catalogue, section II page 251 (see watercolour design) Importantly, Christopher Dresser became the first ~product designer~ in the modern sense. He founded a studio in 1860 which soon employed a dozen people, creating designs for ceramics, glass, metal, fabrics, carpets, linoleum, wallpaper and furniture. At the 1867 Universal Exhibition he exhibited a few of his own works, including a ~Water Plant~ cast iron garden seat, which was also available as an armchair (plates 166-167). It was also exhibited at subsequent exhibitions, London 1871, Vienna 1873, Paris 1878, proof of his preeminence within the ~Arts and Carfts~ world of the second half of the 19th Century. George Himmelheber, Cast Iron Furniture Nature made of iron page 35.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Summers Place Auctions
Title: Auction 19.05.2009
Date of the auction: 19 May 2009 - 22 May 2009
Address: Summers Place Auctions
Stane Street
The Walled Garden
RH14 9AB Billingshurst, West Sussex
United Kingdom
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