This design, number 356719, was registered and patented by A Robbins & Co, Dudley, Worcestershire at the Public Records Office on 15th October 1880.
The decisive influence Japanese art exercised on Europe after Japan was opened up to the West, particularly as a result of the 'Japanese court' at the London International Exhibition of 1862, had very little impact on the manufacturers of cast iron furniture. Only Thomas Jeckyll (1827-1881), an enthusiastic advocate of Japonisme designed in this style. In association with the Iron Works of Barnard, Bishop & Barnards, Norfolk, he created a large 'Japanese' pavilion for the Philadelphia Centenary Exhibition in 1876, which was surrounded by cast iron seats. Influenced by this Japoniste form, the Robbins & Co foundry produced a similar design in 1890 for this umbrella stand.