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Lot 13

A rare tradesman’s sample lead figure of Apollo

Mid 18th century possibly by John van Nost
on associated stone pedestal
the figure 47cm high, 90cm high overall

Condition: Figure with replaced pins running through bottom of feet, in need of refixing on to stone pedestal, stone pedestal with missing back section, figure with some areas of bruising & slightly misshapen around toes, end of lyre bent slightly out shape. See images, no other major losses or damages.
Estimate: £500 - £800
Hammer price: £1,900
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Leadmakers in the 18th century such as Van Nost and John Cheere made smaller versions of statues as examples to show prospective clients. A similar figure was included in the Christies sale of Dunsborough Park, 19/20th June 2013, lot 255  

Provenance; Ex the Seago collection. During the late1980’s, Tim and Lindy Seago, who had both worked at the well established dealers, Crowther of Syon Lodge, set up an Antique Garden Ornament gallery in the Pimlico Road, London.   For the next 13 years their shop and secret courtyard, full of rare statuary and garden ornament, became a mecca for collectors around the world.   Following an auction of their stock in 1999, Tim pursued his calling as a priest in the Church of England, which he now lays aside, whilst Lindy will continue to pursue her calling to write. Moving to a cottage in Norfolk, they now need to downsize and are offering for sale these last few objects in their collection. 

Garden statuary

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