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Archived Catalogue from:

22nd and 24th May 2013

This is Lot Number 3

An impressive set of twelve composition stone lidded urns

Estimated Price:
£25,000 - £40,000

Hammer Price:
£35,000

circa 1935
137cm.; 54ins high

Provenance:
Removed Witley Court in Worcestershire, England.
Witley Court is a Grade 1 listed building and was once one of the great houses of the Midlands, but today it is a spectacular ruin after being devastated by fire in 1937. It was built by Thomas Foley in 1655 on the site of a former manor house near Great Witley. Subsequent additions were designed by John Nash in the early 19th century and the Court was subsequently bought by the Dudley family in 1837. The site was acquired in 1953 by its current owners, the Wigington Family of Stratford-upon-Avon, for £20,000, and is in the guardianship of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and managed on its behalf by English Heritage since 1984.
This impressive run of lidded urns were supplied in 1935, as identical replacements for the existing decaying ones on the parapet of the portico designed by the architect John Nash in 1805, however the disastrous fire in 1937 prevented this from happening and the urns were then put into storage until being disposed of by English Heritage a few years ago.

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The fire at Whitley court in 1935 showing the Nash lidded urns on the parapet of the portico

This is Lot Number 3

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