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Absentee bids accepted until Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Auction date Tuesday, 27 September 2022 13:00 - 16:00 BST

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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.

Free online bidding through 'Summers Place Live' is available for this sale* (Plus BP, VAT & and any applicable charges ) 

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The front cover features: Lot 19 Workshop of Bertel Thorwaldsen: An impressive and important suite o three carved white marble plaques probably 1830s, in bronze frames  


****Invoices can be settled and items cleared, subject to necessary ID requirements, once the live sale has finished ****

Lot Title Estimate Hammer price
49 A bronze group of two boys playing acrobats
2nd half 20th century
indistinctly signed and with foundry stamp
244cm high
£5,000 - £8,000 - View
50 A bronze fountain
20th century
with two cranes on a branch in bulrushes, mouths and bulrushes plumbed for water
214cm high
£4,000 - £6,000 - View
51 A bronze fountain group of three cranes
signed T Canpiola
137cm high
£6,000 - £10,000 - View
52 ▲Jean Phillipe Richard (ARR applies)
Draped female
signed Richard and dated ’02 and numbered III/IV together with indistinct foundry stamp
on stone base 190cm high overall, the bronze 172cm high
£4,000 - £6,000 - View
53 A massive pair of polished Lytoceras ammonite halves
Madagascan, Jurassic
118cm wide
£5,000 - £7,000 £6,000 View
54 An Iguanodon tail vertebrae
Isle of Wight (Dinosaur Isle)
80cm long

Iguanodon was one of the first dinosaurs to be described in the early 19th century
£6,000 - £7,000 - View
55 A Siphocrynites crynoid plate
Devonian period, 360 million years
42cm high
£450 - £600 £450 View
56 A Speetoniceras ammonite
Russia, Volgar river, Upper Jurassic, 140 millions years
31cm wide
£700 - £900 - View
57 An Orthoceras spear
Morocco Devonian
190cm high overall
£1,000 - £1,500 £1,000 View
58 A large fossil wood slice
Arizona, USA, Triassic period, 220 million years
78cm by 60cm
£6,500 - £7,500 - View
59 A fossilised wood freeform
27cm high
£300 - £500 £300 View
60 A fossilised fresh water turtle shell
Stylemis, Oligocene period, 35 million years, South Dakota
30cm long
£700 - £900 - View
61 A Rose amethyst half moon
£300 - £500 - View
62 A large Red jasper bowl
Southern Africa
56cm by 42cm
£950 - £1,200 £950 View
63 A zebra onyx bowl
33cm wide
£1,000 - £1,500 - View
64 A labradorite freeform
25cm high
£300 - £500 - View
65 A large lapis lazuli freeform
55cm high by 31cm wide
£7,000 - £8,000 - View
66 A turquoise veneered wood box
20cm by 14cm by 4cm
£3,000 - £5,000 - View
67 A petrified wood veneered box
Washington, USA
13.5cm by 12cm by 4cm
£3,000 - £4,000 - View
68 A charoite veneered box
18cm by 11cm by 4cm
£2,500 - £3,500 - View
69 A Scarlet Ibis
63cm high
£600 - £800 £600 View
70 A hyacinth macaw
67cm high by 56cm
£1,200 - £1,800 - View

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