Grandiose garden ornament as well as decorative pieces for the home (19th April 2011)

Dreweatts’ single owner collection of Garden Statuary and Architectural Ornaments on 19th April together with items from John Hobbs Fine Art Ltd, offers an ideal opportunity to buy grandiose garden ornament as well as decorative and unexpected pieces for the home as well as the garden.

‘Garden ornament and furnishings are a perennial favourite at Dreweatts, the attractive grounds and period setting of Donnington Priory, combined with reliably strong local and non-local bidding, tend to attract interesting and varied consignments for sale, and the forthcoming auction is no exception!’ said Dreweatts Director, Cristian Beadman.

‘Garden sales have traditionally been a spring time offering, but it has become apparent that good objects carrying realistic estimates will sell well at any time of year.’

Particularly imposing is the 3 metre high stone model of a helmeted Phocian the Good (lot 203), the Athenian statesman and strategos who believed that extreme frugality was the condition for virtue. This mid 19th century statue was made by the sculptor Felix Austin of Austin and Seeley, the biggest manufacturers of artificial stone in England at the time, and it is estimated at £10,000-15,000. A pair of cast iron of Coalbrookdale benches (lot 218) and garden seats (lot 219) from around 1900 in an attractive fern and blackberry pattern are estimated £1,000-1,500 and £500-700 respectively. A pair of recently made large metal, snarling lions (lot 222) is expected to fetch £1,000-1,500 while, possibly more at home in an English garden, is the metal stag with antlers and his mate (lot 223) (estimate £800-1,200).

Garden statuary also features amongst the items from John Hobbs Fine Art Ltd. Various late 19th century tritons are included in this section as well as the late 20th century pair of stoneware grotto fountains in Italian Baroque taste, the rock and coral work culminate in scallop shells surmounted by a coiled serpent finial (estimate £5,000-7,000, lot 226). There are also about 29 lots of marble table tops in a wide spectrum of shapes and colours with estimates ranging from £100-£1,200.

Foremost amongst the interior ’statement’ pieces, is undoubtedly the massive silvered wood chandelier for 14 lights spanning 240 cm, it is carved in Continental 18th century style with scrolling acanthus branches and it is expected to fetch £8,000-12,000 (lot 269). Another eye-catching item is the 282 cm high carved gilt wood wall mirror in George III style, the plate is divided by borders of rocaille within an ornately carved frame surmounted by a C-scroll (estimated £4,000-6,000, lot 280).

Anybody searching for a set of fifteen awe-inspiring dining chairs need look no further, Dreweatts is offering profusely carved Flemish 17th century style oak dining chairs with acanthus and classical patera. These late 19th century pieces have embossed leather seats and are estimated £2,500-3,500 (lot 319). Other unusual seats include a pair of 19th century French walnut window seats, the scrolling arms are shaped as swan’s necks and heads while the hipped legs terminate in webbed feet (estimate £1,000-1,500, lot 348).

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Dreweatts - 06 April 2011