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Archived Catalogue from:

23 and 25 Oct 2012

This is Lot Number 6

Attributed to John van Nost: A lead figure of a putto musician playing the castanets

Estimated Price:
£10,000 - £15,000

Hammer Price:

early 18th century
on associated stone base
89cm.; 35ins high

Dancing figures standing on one leg are particularly rare, since, due to the structural weakness of only one point of contact on the base, many have collapsed. Similar but not identical lead dancing children are shown in a 1705 view of Denham Place in Buckinghamshire, See The Artist and the Country House by John Harris, Sotheby~s 185, Plate XIV.

The van Nosts were a family of sculptors of Flemish descent. The eldest, John van Nost, is first recorded working at Windsor Castle circa 1678. He had his own yard by about 1687 and there manufactured ~Marble and Leaden figures, Busto~s and noble Vases, Marble chimneypieces and curious Marble tables~. He is best remembered as a supplier of lead garden statues. Records from Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire show that each of the supplied statues cost between £20-30. After his death (circa 1712) his yard at Hyde Park Corner was taken over by his nephew Gerard and then by John van Nost the younger in 1729 who continued until the mid 18th century.

Lady Craven, Peelings Manor, Westham, East Sussex

This is Lot Number 6

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