Lot 136 (Home & Garden Live Auction Lots 100 to 172, 29th September 2020)

Sold for £2,500

Lot details

Fountains: A rare Handyside foundry cast iron fountain

circa 1870

110cm high, pool depth 24cm by 138cm diameter

This fountain is illustrated in the Handyside and Co foundry catalogue no. 31 (see engraving).

Andrew Handyside started the foundry in 1806 and by 1851 the firm had expanded and operated out of the Britannia Iron Works, Derby. At the Great Exhibition they exhibited Medici vases, a bacchanalian vase and a bronzed vase decorated with busts of Peel, Nelson, Watt, Wellington, Stephenson, Scott, Shakespeare and Milton, and a fountain. At the time, the foundry was described as being “from the magnitude of its operations is

second to none in England”. In 1873 it was incorporated as a Limited Company. They produced two catalogues, one circa 1850 and another in 1874.