Lot 19 (The Cotswold Collection (Live Auction) Lots 1 to 77, 29th September 2020)
Garden statues: A pair of rare and impressive Victorian carved Cotswold stone reclining lions
mid 19th century
their paws resting on bones
80cm high by 100cm long
Carved stone lions have been a popular feature of British gardens since the 18th century and earlier of which probably the most well-known and copied are the 1792 originals by Canova for the tomb of Pope Clement XIII in St Peter’s in Rome and Landseer’s celebrated bronze examples in Trafalgar Square. This impressive pair are rare in having the bones of their most recent victim carved between their front paws. This unusual device would probably point to them being an individual commission for a suitably grand house.
The Cotswold Collection. See lot 1 for further information.
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