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Lot 21

An Austin and Seeley composition stone figure of Diana de Gabies

2nd half 19th century
on later stone plinth
the figure 180cm high, 224cm high overall

Condition Right hand largely missing and in need of re-building with old metal pipe inside, left hand with copper wire showing which originally would have probably clasp for cloak, old repair on top of drapery under left hand, old crack and iron showing through inside copper sheathing at bottom of drapery in front, other old small casting holes and some small areas of chipping, mainly on drapery, otherwise no other major losses or damages, plinth probably later replacement.
Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500
Hammer price: £2,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Felix Austin started making artificial stone in 1828 and etablished works in New Road, London.  Around 1840 he entered in to a partnership with John Seeley to produce their "atificial limestone" collection of garden ornaments.  The cold cast composition stone  comprised of a mixture of Portland cement , broken stone, pounded marble and coarse sand which was then cast in moulds. 

Though their items were rarely stamped with makers marks items by Austin and Seeley  can often  be identified  by their quality which was recognised by Queen Victoria, who can be included among their partrons, and were renowned for the quality of their finishing.  The firm of Austin and Seeley, which produced a large range of urns, figures and fountains continued until at least 1872.

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