A stunning rare cast iron scalloped shell and dolphin fountain. Circa 1870 By renowned English Foundry the Andrew Handyside Company (Britannia Iron Works, Derby) c.1851-1887.
The fountain features a huge scale scalloped shaped shell bowl supported by three intertwined dolphins upon a rock work base.
This wonderful and unusual piece is mentioned and photographically recorded in the book “Antiques for the Garden” 1996 by author Alistair Morris on page 79. It is also featured in the original Handyside catalogue of 1874.
The Handyside Foundry was described as being “from the magnitude of its operations is second to none in England” at the time of the Great Exhibition.
Andrew Handyside originally bought the Britannia Iron Works in 1848, and manufactured several ornamental vases and fountains of classical purity, form and ornament. They received distinctions at the Great Exhibition in 1850, and the quality of their casts were exceptional and became more exceptional with time.
They produced three catalogues: in 1848, 1874 and 1880.
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