An 18th century firegrate by Maurice Tobin
An 18th century firegrate by Maurice Tobin
An 18th century firegrate by Maurice Tobin
An 18th century firegrate by Maurice Tobin

An 18th century firegrate by Maurice Tobin

c. 1760 English

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A very fine18th century polished steel and cast iron firegrate by Maurice Tobin (1710- 1773) Leeds, circa 1760. A rectangular railed basket flanked by column supports surmounted by flowerpot finials and engraved MAURICE TOBIN/LEEDS 1216.

Provenance: The Painted Room, Wentworth Woodhouse (1723-1772), Yorkshire

This magnificent firegrate would have been commissioned by Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (1730-1782) and it is illustrated in situ in Country Life, 1906 (31st March p. 457).

It is rare that fire furniture was ever signed but Maurice Tobin nearly always signed his work and examples can be found in a number of prestigious 18th century English mansions including Wentworth Woodhouse. Two of his firegrates (or stove grates as they are sometimes called) are illustrated in The Fashionable Fireplace 1660-1840 by Christopher Gilbert and Anthony Wells-Cole p.25. One of these was commissioned for the Tapestry Room at Harewood House, designed by Robert Adam and furnished by Thomas Chippendale.
Restored. Replaced finials to the top rail.
The Painted Room, Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire
Dimensions
Height 84.00 cm (33.07 inches)
Width 84.50 cm (33.27 inches)
Depth 38.00 cm (14.96 inches)
Stock Code
3860
Medium
Steel and cast iron
Signed/Inscribed
MAURICE TOBIN/LEEDS 1216.
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