A Bilston Foundries cast-iron garden bench by Edward Bawden, circa 1956
The arched back with 'spider web' geometric design, the low scroll arms with conforming pattern over a slatted wood seat and a trellis frieze, raised on plain supports, 121cm wide x 50cm deep x 96cm high, seat height 45cm.
Edward Bawden (1903-1989) was a printmaker, painter, illustrator and designer. He studied and later taught at the Royal College of art, served as a war artist and worked extensively as a commercial artist after WWII. His design for the Bilston Garden Seat, produced in 1956 for Bilston Foundries Ltd, Staffordshire, was part of a whole garden furniture range, reputedly commissioned by Robert Harling, Bawden’s friend who also worked in advertising. An identical bench along with Bawden's original designs for the range can be found in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Sold for £3,800
Good overall, solid and sturdy throughout. Some minor surface rist spots in places. Repainted with remnants of original paint visible. Seat slats appear original and are weathered but not warped or cracked. No evidence of repair or welding.