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Archived Catalogue from:

23 and 25 Oct 2012

This is Lot Number 11

A pair of extremely rare and large Handyside foundry cast iron urns

Estimated Price:
£3,000 - £5,000

Hammer Price:

mid 19th century
102cm.; 40ins high by 66cm.; 34ins diameter

By family tradition, these unusually large cast iron urns were reputed to have been part of a set standing at the bases of some of the cast iron pillars in Joseph Paxton~s Crystal Palace housing the Great Exhibition of 1851. The Handyside Foundry illustrated an identical model; which was the largest in their range in their mid 19th Century catalogue. Andrew Handyside started the foundry in 1806 and by 1851 the firm had expanded and operated out of the Britannia Iron Works in Derby. They are known to have exhibited a number of pieces at the Great Exhibition including Medici vases, a Bacchanalian vase and a bronzed vase decorated with busts of Peel, Nelson, Watt, Wellington, Stephenson, Scott, Shakespeare and Milton together with a fountain. At the time, the foundry was described as being |from the magnitude of its operations is second to none in England|. They produced two catalogues, one around 1850 and one in 1874.

This is Lot Number 11

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