Lot 218 (Garden and Natural History Sealed Bid Auction, 25th March 2020)

Sold for £21,000


Lot details

Architectural: A similar bronze frieze

comprising 7 panels

109cm high by 1050cm long by 8cm deep. 

This bronze frieze along with lots 216, 217 and 219 was recently removed from the world-famous Camden Lock Market in London, which is situated by the Regent’s Canal on a site formerly occupied by warehouses and other premises associated with the canal. By the early 1970’s the canal trade had ceased, and a northern urban motorway was planned that would cut through the site, making any major permanent redevelopment impossible, and in 1974 a temporary market was established. By 1976, when plans for the motorway were abandoned, the market had become a well-known feature of Camden Town. Originally, the Lock was a market for crafts, occupying some outdoor areas by the canal and various existing buildings. It attracted large numbers of visitors partly due to stalls being open on Sundays, when previous to the Sunday Trading Act 1994, shops were not permitted to operate on Sundays. It is now the fourth-most popular visitor attraction in London, attracting approximately 100,000 people each weekend.

Originally built as a horse hospital which served the horses pulling Pickford’s distribution vans and barges along the canal, Camden Stables Market makes up the largest portion of the famous Camden Lock Market complex. Horses injured pulling barges along the canals would come here for treatment and rehabilitation. The Grade II listed stables now house over 450 shops and stalls selling a variety of items from the unique to the exotic. These panels which feature horses being re-shod and blacksmiths in a forge were installed during the extensive renovations of the early 1990’s.

Due to its size, the frieze is being offered in 4 lots, however for clients wishing to purchase all four, a single bid should be entered for the four and if the bid exceeds the total of the highest bids entered for the individual lots, then that will be the winning bid. Please see our website for videos of the frieze.

Condition report
Sections in need of fixing together and repatinating.