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This is Lot Number 1

An extremely rare Georgian lead cistern

Estimated Price:
£6,000 - £10,000

Hammer Price:

dated 1754 and with the initials FSD
75cm.; 30ins high by 109cm.; 43ins long by 58cm.; 23ins deep

Lead cisterns became popular in the 17th and 18th centuries as a means of storing rainwater from roofs. Often situated in courtyards, they are one of the very few examples of garden ornament to often bear a date, often supplemented as in this example, with the initials of the owner.

The front and sides were cast in one long rectangular panel in a sand pit with the decoration made through carved wooden strapwork mouldings, letters and numbers together with any other decorative features pressed into the sand before the lead was poured in. This would often include armorial devices relating to the family, or figures representing the seasons.

Whilst having the normal strapwork decoration, date and initials, as well as an armorial cresting, this rare example also has a very unusual pair of vases of flowers in the rococo fashion, which is very much in keeping with the mid 18th century date.

This is Lot Number 1

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