Lot 114 (Home & Garden Live Auction Lots 100 to 172, 29th September 2020)
Sold for £3,800
Garden Statues: After John Cheere: A pair of lead figures of a shepherd and shepherdess
2nd half 20th century
on composition stone pedestals
the figures 136cm; 236cm overall
John Cheere was first in partnership with his brother Sir Henry Cheere, but took over John Nost’s yard and his moulds for lead figures in about 1739. Until his death in 1787 he was the leading producer of lead statuary as well as working in plaster. Contemporary accounts of his yard, which was situated on Hyde Park Corner indicate that his oeuvre was very varied and included rustic figures, shepherds and shepherdesses as well as classical statues and busts from antiquity.