Absentee bids accepted until Tuesday, 27 September 2022
Members of the Royal Automobile Club on London's historic Pall Mall, London, may recognise an impressive bronze fountain figure of Ondine by popular sculptor Alexandra Beale, which is now becoming available for sale due to the redesigning of the gardens. The fountain was commissioned and installed in 2008 by the RAC, which opened in 1911 and had been built by the fashionable architects Charles Mewès and Arthur Davis, who 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. Ondine, 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. It is estimated at £5,000 - £8,000
Further lots included in this auction are a lead cistern fountain, which was part of this year's gold medal winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden had been designed by Chris Beardshaw, well-known from his long broadcasting career, which includes BBC 2's hit series Gardeners' World, Hidden Gardens and The Flying Gardener, and is another award in a line of many won by Chris Beardshaw Design. This garden was designed for the RNLI and the cistern is estimated at £3,500 - £5,000.
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