The Coalbrookdale Company, founded in 1708, was an iron foundry which became very important in the 19th century. From the end of the 18th century the foundry included decorative furniture, such as the present lot, in addition to its normal range of fire grates, stoves and hearth equipment.
In good condition, the top with horizontal age crack approximately 5-inches in length to the center, the decoration to the top extensively refreshed, some wear to the gilding around the metal rim, small crack to metal rim now with a metal brace to the underside with subsequent 1/2-inch age crack to top, the pedestal with chips to painted surface with areas of inpainting.
This lot will be offered without reserve. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.