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    Sale 5746

    The Roger Warner Collection - Part I

    20 - 21 January 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 405

    A FLEMISH CARVED WOOD FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN

    CIRCA 1450

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A FLEMISH CARVED WOOD FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN
    CIRCA 1450
    Shown standing holding a mistle, previously but not originally covered in black tar, now removed
    45 in. (114.2 cm.) high


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    The 'Ladies of Llangollen', Lady Eleanor Butler (d.1829) and The Honourable Sarah Ponsonby (d.1831) whose relationship scandalized and fascinated their contemporaries, moved to Plas Newydd, Llangollen in 1780. They decorated the house in the Gothic style adding many antique wood carvings to the exterior. Queen Charlotte persuaded King George III to grant them a pension.

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    Provenance

    By repute, a gift from the Prince Regent to the Ladies of Llangollen, Plas Newydd, North Wales.
    Purchased by Roger Warner from Hockenhull Antiques, Buxton, Derbyshire, on 22 March 1961.