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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 29

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III LEAD URNS

    POSSIBLY BY JOHN VARDY, CIRCA 1760

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III LEAD URNS
    POSSIBLY BY JOHN VARDY, CIRCA 1760
    Each with open circular top, the tapering sides with grotesque masks linked by swags of palm fronds, on moulded base
    12½ in. (32.5 cm.) high; 15 in. (38 cm.) diameter (2)


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    An almost identical pair was sold by the late 2nd Viscount Camrose, Christie's house sale, Hackwood Park, 20-22 April 1998, lot 129.
    The early provenance of the Hackwood Park urns is unknown. The crossed palm-fronds however, relate to the palm and bullrush ornament that John Vardy (d.1765), the architect responsible for the remodelling of Hackwood Park for the fifth duke of Bolton (c.1761-3), used repeatedly on mirrors for the house.

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