West Sussex, UK - A set of four large eighteenth century carved limestone lidded urns or urn finials, identical to those in the landscaped romantic gardens at Rousham and Chiswick House, both designed by William Kent, sold for a low estimate £20,000 (£26,000 inc premium and vat) at Summers Place live auction in Billingshurst on Tuesday.
Each urn was 5ft 3ins (162cms) high, 9ft high including pedestals, made in sections which were mortared together, with a rising circular foot or socle, light relief stiff leaves to the flared 'calyx krater' shaped body, deep greek key above light relief wave scroll to the rim with a light relief acanthus leaf knopped lid. The deep greek key echoes that on the different model of urn with a more upright body which Kent and Lord Burlington used on the external steps at Chiswick House.
Top lot at double estimate £21,000 (exc premiums) in the live section was a bronze group of five life size children by Eneri Prosperi (1910-1990), an Italian-born US sculptor. An ancient Greek carved stone stele sold for four times estimate £9,200 and a table football (aka bar football table) sold for a double estimate £9,500.
This sale has been named the 'Garden & Conversation Pieces Auction' which explains the bar football table generating animated discussion, and in the sealed bid section, a full size art statement ice cream van remodelled by Dinos Chapman is on offer for £20-£30k.
Summers Place Auctions
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