A rare Ducel foundry cast iron seat
mid 19th century
the front apron stamped Ducel Fils, Rue des A***r, Paris, facit
||Most of seat missing and now replaced with wooden planks. One rear leg with old repair bracket. No other visible losses or damages.
£1,200 - £1,800
Bidding ended. Lot is unsold.
A similar seat is illustrated in the catalogue of the Societe Anonyme des Hauts-Fourneaux & du Val-D'Osne Fonderies circa 1900, (see engraving). The firm of J.J. Ducel was started in 1810 at Poce in the Pas- de-Calais. One of the leading manufacturers specializing in architectural fittings as well as urns and statues. Following the death of Monsieur Ducel in 1878 the Val d'Osne foundry purchased the firm's patterns. Unlike the English foundries such as Coalbrookdale, the French foundries produced very few patterns of outdoor seat furniture. This variation of the more common gothic pattern seat makes this a rare example