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Lot 35

A rare Compton pottery winged hours pattern sundial

early 20th century
on square plinth and unusual wirework surround
with 19cm square bronze sundial plate
117cm high

Provenance: Ex the Seago collection. See footnote to lot 12

Condition Weathered, minor chips and marks, firing crack to top - see images. No stamp visible. Wirework surround separate to base, remainder in one piece. Overall good antique condition with no losses or damages
Weight Approx. 50kg – can be easily moved with a sturdy sack truck
Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500
Hammer price: £2,800
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

The Compton Potters Art Guild was started by Mary Watts, the wife of G.F. Watts the Victorian allegorical painter. In 1895 work began on the Watts Mortuary Chapel.  Designed by Mary Watts, it was to be built from local clay by the villagers of Compton, near Godalming, Surrey. Mr and Mrs Watts were dedicated supporters of the growing 

Home Arts and Industries Association, a voluntary movement launched by Earl Brownlow in 1885 to revive the dying art of handicraft among the working classes. The idea was that young uneducated artisans should have their eyes opened to the wonders of art. They would be rescued from idleness, gambling and drinking -so the notion ran- during long

winter evenings. Uplifted and taught how to use their hands with skill they would acquire a hobby to be proud of and develop this hitherto unknown talent, where possible to professional standards. The Pottery Art Guild continued from strength to strength, winning medals at the Royal Botanical Society and the Home Arts' highest award, the gold cross. This model is illustrated in their 1909 catalogue priced at £50.00


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