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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 280

    A SCOTTISH REGENCY CANNEL COAL URN AND COVER

    CIRCA 1820

    Price Realised  

    A SCOTTISH REGENCY CANNEL COAL URN AND COVER
    Circa 1820
    The slightly tapering body with stepped cover and mushroom-shaped finial on a circular stepped foot, label to the underside of the lid inscribed in ink, 'CANNEL COAL, GAS TURNED'
    18 in. (46 cm.) high;


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    This ornamental urn is made from 'Parrot' coal, another name for cannel coal, a corruption of candle coal, which refers to the chattering noise it makes as it burns. A table that was in the Scottish Divisional Coal Board offices, Edinburgh was made from cannel coal mined from the West Wemyss Colliery in Fife (G. Mell, Coal Black Magic, Country Life, 14 November, 1974, p. 1407, fig. 1).

    A cannel coal table by Thomas Williamson was sold Christie's South Kensington, 15 September 2004, lot 548.

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