Lot 43

▲ Alexandra Beale (ARR applies)

An impressive bronze fountain figure of Ondine
in a tiered zinc pool surround
designed by R.K. Alliston, removed from the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London
270cm high overall, 190cm square base

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000
Hammer price: £7,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

This fountain was commissioned and installed in 2008. Sculptor Alexandra Beale’s work ranges from full size statuary and garden water features to portrait heads and composition pieces for interiors.

She has exhibited widely in London and the South of England including many of the National Garden events as well as many of the country’s prestigious garden shows including Chelsea, Hampton Court, Stansted, West Dean, Parham and The Old Town Hall Chelsea.

Ondine (also known as “Undine”), a mythological figure of European tradition, was a water nymph or sprite who could become human only when she fell in love with a mortal man. However, if the mortal was unfaithful to her, he was destined to forfeit his life.

The Royal Automobile Club on London's historic Pall Mall was desinged and built by the fashionable architects Charles Mewes and Arthur Davis. They had already been lauded for the recently constructed Ritz hotels in Paris and London, and the interiors of some of the great ocean-going liners of the day. Opened in 1911 at the huge cost of £330,000, it has remained an iconic institution ever since. This fountain was removed in recently prior to remodelling of the courtyard gardens and represents a unique opportunity to acquire a stunning artwork from one of London’s best loved clubs.

See video of working fountain by clicking here.

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