Grand Pair of Carved Yorkstone Urns Owned by the Duke of Marlborough
This is one pair of an amazing and stately set of four hand-carved campana-form urns with quarter-lobed bodies and plain everted rims on their original tiered plinths. They originally decorated one of the Duke of Marlborough's gardens at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire (a listed National Trust property) and they deserve to go to an outstanding, if not historic, garden. Overall in good condition, commensurate with age. Minor losses to plinths, feet corners and a few old rim losses.
We commissioned what is known as a sympathetic restoration to 3 of the 4 urns and plinths in England by a master stone mason. This included cutting 2 new blocks of Yorkstone for 2 bottom bases, but this pair of urns has their original bases. The new pieces have since weathered to a uniform greenish-taupe color with moss and it is difficult to tell where the restoration was done. Please note that these urns have planting wells that can accept 8" diameter flower baskets or a profuse planting of annuals, even though urns of this stature would not have been planted in the 18th C.
PRICED AND SOLD BY THE PAIR. Two pairs currently available.
England, CA 1780.
H: 59.5 in (151.13 cm) D: 25 in (63.5 cm) W: 25 in (63.5 cm)
Price: $35,000, the pair
Ref: CUR 1051A