An 18thc English firegrate by Maurice Tobin

An 18thc English firegrate by Maurice Tobin


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. Replaced finials to the top rail.

Provenance: The Painted Room, Wentworth Woodhouse (1730-1782), Yorkshire. (The photograph taken in 1906 depicts the grate in situ without the replaced finials)


This magnificent firegrate would have been commissioned by Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (1730-1782) who vastly expanded Wentworth Woodhouse, and established it as a Whig centre of influence. 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.


WIDTH: 33 ¼ INS (84.5 CMS)
DEPTH: 15 INS (38 CMS)

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