Sculpture, Carvings & Other

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  • Stock: 15877

    A rare set of plaster intaglios by Nathaniel Marchant. Originally, this set of casts of Nathaniel's gems was sold by subscription with the accompanying catalogue, published in 1792. It is rare to have a collection of any great quantity, this set is complete, bar four intaglios which are not present. They are mounted within their original ebony strung, mahogany case, which is glazed and fashioned as a book, complete with remnants of marbling. When the spine is removed, the interior is revealed.
    Complete sets are exceptionally rare, and one set is held at the John Soane Museum, purchased by Soane in 1793.

    English, c.1792.

    Nathaniel Marchant (1739-1816) was arguably the most famous gem engraver of the 18th century, prolific in both Italy and England. He was gem sculptor to the Prince of Wales and engraver to The King.

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    Width Height Depth
    Closed 10"
    25.5 cms
    15 38"
    39 cms
    1 1316"
    4.6 cms
    Opened 19 38"
    49.4 cms
    15 38"
    39 cms

    Listed Price: £4,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16069

    A terracotta group of Ariadne and the Panther, after the marble sculpture by Johann Heinrich Dannecker, which was one of the most renowned works of sculpture of the nineteenth-century, drawing huge crowds to view it in Frankfurt, in the "Ariadneum" built solely for its display. It depicts the Cretan princess Ariadne, wife of the god of wine Dionysus, seated on a panther in a relaxed pose. The panther was a creature associated with the god of wine, and here, his wreath of vine leaves emphasizes his connection with the deity.
    L Hjorth Factory, Danish, c.1880.

    Provenance: Coleridge Collection. Anthony Coleridge was well-known in auction circles, a Director of Christie's as well as Chairman and later President of Christie’s South Kensington. He was a keen collector, not just of furniture, but in particular of works of art and ceramics, and he looked after his collection meticulously and recorded it in considerable detail.

    Notes: Johann Heinrich Dannecker(1758-1841), a German sculptor who found that the works of classical antiquity made a deep impression on him, as well as the work of Antonio Canova.

    The Hjorth Factory was located in Roenne on Bornholm, and island off Denmark, and was founded in 1859.

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    Width Height Depth
    7 12"
    19 cms
    8 18"
    20.5 cms
    3 38"
    8.6 cms

    Listed Price: £450 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15969

    A pair of Italian giltwood wall brackets. These are perfect for use as a decoration, or for displaying sculpture and ceramics. Italian, c.1950.

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    Width Height Depth
    9 38"
    24 cms
    9 38"
    24 cms
    5 14"
    13.5 cms

    Listed Price: £640 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15968

    A pair of gilt gesso wall plaques in the Baroque style. These wall plaques depict winged putti and were likely hung in a chapel or church.

    Italian, 20th century.

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    Width Height
    12 58"
    32 cms
    11"
    28 cms

    Listed Price: £550 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15912

    A large and very finely carved figure of Venus Sortant du Bain, or Venus emerging from her bath. This subject has been immensely popular since classical antiquity, and depicts the Goddess drying herself whilst resting her foot on a rock. This statue would look marvelous on a column or plinth.

    This sculpture is after the example made by the French sculptor Christophe-Gabriel Allegrain (French, 1710-1795) for Louis XV in 1755. It was later revered at the Salon of 1767 as a masterpiece. This is now at the Louvre.

    French, c.1850.

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    Width Height Depth
    10 58"
    27 cms
    34 58"
    88 cms
    14 58"
    37 cms

    Listed Price: £12,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15911

    A near life size carved marble figure of the Crouching Venus. This late 19th century copy of the iconic Hellenistic original bases its form on the crouching Venus on permanent display at the British Museum. It depicts the Goddess Venus at her bath, startled and shielding her nudity.
    Italian in origin, this statue would likely have been made for a wealthy buyer enjoying their Grand Tour in Italy.

    Italian, c.1890.

    Notes: The subject of the Crouching Venus was explored by various sculptors in the Roman period, based on the Hellenistic statue of the same subject attributed to Doidalsas (200-100 B.C.)

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    Width Height Depth
    18 18"
    46 cms
    35 38"
    90 cms
    18 18"
    46 cms

    Listed Price: £22,000 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15903

    A rare 19th century marble statue of the muse Terpsichore, after Antonio Canova. Terpsichore was the muse of creative inspiration, and here she is identified by the lyre on which she leans.

    Canova was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte's brother to create this idealised portrait of his wife Alexandrine de Bleschamp as Terpsichore. The commission was then acquired by Giovanni Battista Sommariva, a politician and notable patron of the arts. Under his patronage, the sculpture was no longer required to resemble Alexandrine and so the sensual sculpture took on the deified form of the muse. He collected three marble sculptures by Canova for his villa and also acquired the plaster model for Terpsichore so it could not be reproduced whilst under his ownership. Sommariva sent the sculpture to Paris in 1813, where is was exhibited at the Salon to great acclaim.
    Copies of this statue are very rare.

    French, late 19th century. Carved from pure white statuary marble.

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    Width Height Depth
    14 1316"
    37.5 cms
    33 12"
    85 cms
    9 1316"
    25 cms

    Listed Price: £18,000 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15778

    A large Italian school carrara marble sculpture depicting a sleeping nymph. The finely carved sculpture is reminiscent of a depiction of Sleeping Ariadne, popularised by the Roman copy of the Hellenistic original, the former being housed at the Vatican. Reclining on rocks, the sleeping nymph is shown draped only below the waist, and her finely modelled form is exemplified by the delicacy of her fingers.
    Italian, early 19th century.

    Before restoration.

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    Width Height Depth
    28 1116"
    73 cms
    14 58"
    37 cms
    11 1316"
    30 cms

    Listed Price: £7,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15764

    A rare Scottish 19th century alabaster bust of Sir Walter Scott, after the original by Sir Francis Chantrey. The bust depicts Scott with an intelligent gaze, a lowland plaid over his shoulders.
    Scottish, c.1840.

    Photograph before restoration.

    Notes: Chantrey's original bust was made in 1820 and given to Scott in 1828 'as a token of esteem'. Scott wrote to his wife on 20 March 1820, 'Chantrey's bust is one of the finest things he ever did. It is quite the fashion to go to see it - there's for you' (J. G. Lockhart, Life of Sir Walter Scott, III, p 377) Sir Francis Chantrey's 1820 bust of Sir Walter Scott portrays the author with his head turned slightly to the right and a Lowland plaid arranged round his shoulders as in this rare copy. James Hogg wrote that 'Sir Walter Scott in his study, and in his seat in the Parliament-house, had rather a dull, heavy appearance, but in company his countenance was always lighted up, and Chantrey has given the likeness of him there precisely' (Domestic Manners of Sir Walter Scott, p. 113.).

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    Width Height Depth
    13"
    33 cms
    20 12"
    52 cms
    8 1116"
    22 cms
  • Stock: 15782

    A 19th century terracotta figure of an angel, possibly the archangel Uriel holding an unfurling scroll. The angel is modelled very much in the manner of a Compton Pottery figure, yet the impressed monogram stamp to the base is undecipherable.
    English, c.1860.

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    Width Height Depth
    8 14"
    21 cms
    25 58"
    65 cms
    8 12"
    21.5 cms

    Listed Price: £850 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15809

    A very good quality Renaissance Revival 19th century bronze lidded urn. The urn is decorated with a Bacchic frieze, depicting a procession of Putti: some riding goats, some with instruments and others wearing tragic masks.
    French, c.1860.

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    Height
    12"
    30.5 cms

    Listed Price: £1,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 9191

    A pair Carrara marble plinths, carved in low relief, with lion masks, armorial shields and foliate motifs. Would work wonderfully as garden ornaments, or as plinths for urns or other statuary.
    Italian, 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    7 1316"
    19.8 cms
    35 38"
    90 cms
    7 18"
    18 cms

    Listed Price: £1,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15779

    A fine 19th century bust of Bacchus, or Dionysus. This bronze library bust is modelled on the Landsdowne Antinous - who has assumed the guise of Dionysus - and is mounted on a gilt socle and a bronze banded base cast in low relief with a classical procession.
    Italian, c.1890.

    Notes: Antinous, the lover and companion of Emperor Hadrian, had one of the most recognisable faces in the Roman Empire. After his sudden death 130 AD, the grief stricken Emperor declared the youth had been reborn as a God. Representations of Antinous assuming the form of a God flooded the visual culture of the Roman Empire, and the Lansdowne Antinous was a larger than life bust which became renowned for its idealised beauty and quality. Antinous' image was commonly asssimilated with the well-known Gods such as Apollo, Mercury and indeed Bacchus. This bust was excavated at Hadrian's villa at Tivoli, and was likely part of a shrine dedicated to the youth.

    Height
    13"
    33 cms
  • Stock: 15808

    An early 20th century large figurative lamp after Mathurin Moreau, cast in spelter with a patinated bronze finish. The elegant female figure, clad only in drapery, holds the flambeau torch aloft in a gesture not dissimilar to the pose adopted by the Statue of Liberty. The figure is mounted on a small verde antico marble base.
    French, c.1900.

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    Base Diameter Height Depth
    9 18"
    23 cms
    50 38"
    128 cms
    15 1116"
    40 cms

    Listed Price: £950 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15724

    A large and finely carved 19th century Italian marble lidded urn, decorated with trailing grape vines and and dramatic handles, modelled as grinning and horned satyrs. The body of the urn is carved with two cartouches, one depicting a nymph bathing in a pool whilst a satyr observes, hidden by bullrushes. The other depicts an a satyr and a goat in an amorous and playful embrace. After the antique.

    Italian, c.1850.

    Could be situated in a sheltered spot in a garden or courtyard, but equally suited to an interior setting.

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    Width Height Depth
    28"
    71 cms
    40"
    101.5 cms
    19 1116"
    50 cms
  • Stock: 15641

    A large and finely carved alabaster figure of a water carrier in classical drapery. The figure is very much after the antique, but more naturalistic than the earlier, grand tour alabaster figures.
    English, c.1860.

    Height
    20 1116"
    52.5 cms
  • Stock: 15646

    A life size Victorian lead statue depicting a putto carrying a mask, perhaps tragedy.
    English, mid-19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    12 316"
    31 cms
    31 78"
    81 cms
    9 1316"
    25 cms

    Listed Price: £1,400 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15543

    A pair of monumental floor standing Gothic obelisks, carved from oak to resemble ecclesiastical spires. The sloping finials are carved with tiled shapes and are supported by Gothic Tracery which forms void arches over spreading octagonal bases.

    English, mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    25 316"
    64 cms
    77 58"
    197 cms
    25 316"
    64 cms

    Listed Price: £3,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15622

    A pair of large and decorative Victorian cast iron seated lions holding polished brass blank armorial shields. These would look fabulous as decorative objects on a surface, or on a hearth to dress the interior of a fireplace. The shields could even be engraved with a monogram.

    English, c.1870

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    Width Height Depth
    5 316"
    13.2 cms
    13 1316"
    35 cms
    5 1116"
    14.5 cms
  • Stock: 15558

    An exceptionally finely carved and very large alabaster group of the Judgement of Paris, depicting Paris seated and wearing his Phrygian cap, offering the Hesperidean apple to a lightly draped Venus, whilst the jealous figures of Hera and Athena consol each other. The scene is mounted on a rectangular plinth. Italian, mid 19th century.

    Photograph before restoration.

    Provenance: A collection within a fine Wiltshire Townhouse.

    Width Height Depth
    15 38"
    39 cms
    21 1116"
    55 cms
    6 1116"
    17 cms
  • Stock: 15536

    A large Regency plaster figure, by Humphrey Hopper, painted with a simulated bronze patina, on a circular base and holding the fitting for a torchere. The figure is mostly likely to be a depiction of a Vestal Virgin given her hooded robes.
    English, early 19th century. Unsigned.

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    Height
    43 14"
    110 cms
    9 1316"
    25 cms

    Listed Price: £3,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15594

    A pair of bronze twin handled campana urns in the classical style, with a low relief decoration reminiscent of a Greek Vase. Italian, 20th century.

    Height
    12 316"
    31 cms
    9 18"
    23 cms

    Listed Price: £1,250 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15559

    A pair of very finely carved 19th century alabaster figures of muses, in classical dress, each standing on circular pedestals intricately carved with flowers and beading. The figures after after Antonio Canova's, Dancers, or his Danzatrice con le manu sui fianchi and his danzatrie col dito al mento. Italian, c.1850.

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    Height
    19 1116"
    50 cms

    Listed Price: £2,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15552

    An elegant bronze study of a female dancer with a cold painted green dress, by the French sculptor George Charles Coudray (1883-1932). Impressed with the Société des Bronzes de Paris pastille mark and stamped by the retailer, Tiffany & Co.

    French, c.1900.

    Notes: La Société des Bronzes de Paris (The Paris Art Bronzes Society) was active between 1875 -1930. This foundry was located in Paris.

    Height
    27 58"
    70 cms

    Listed Price: £2,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15390

    A small Statuary marble Regency style lion paw sculpture almost certainly once part of a fireplace. English, circa 1860.

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    Width Height Depth
    6 316"
    15.8 cms
    4 1316"
    12.3 cms
    4 1116"
    12 cms
  • Stock: 4196

    A pair of small decorative, Statuary marble Regency carved ionic capitals with their original patina. a/f English, early 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    11"
    28 cms
    10"
    25.5 cms
    10 38"
    26.5 cms
  • Stock: 11449

    A massive sculpture of a Buddhist Deity carved in teak in the form of a mask head surmounted by a small carving of Ganesh. It is believed to be a representation of a Buddhist Door Guardian such sculptures would have been placed at an entrance or doorway of a building, a temple or home, to ward off evil. This sculpture is carved in six separate sections and is a splendid example of such works of art. He came to us from a large restaurant in East London.
    Indian, 19th century.

    PS: If anyone can shed more light on this sculpture we would be delighted to hear from you.


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    width height depth
    47 1316"
    121.5 cms
    78 1116"
    200 cms
    8 14"
    21 cms

    Listed Price: £4,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 9862

    A pair of George III carved pine chimneypiece jambs. The garlanded figures are of Bacchus, God of the Grape Harvest, who enjoyed, riotous ,Bacchanalian celebrations, and Ceres, Goddess of Agriculture specifically the cultivation of wheat, grains and corn. Appropriately, abundant, trailing festoons of grapes on one and wheat and grains on the other, descend the tapering, volute columns. Photos before restoration.
    English, circa 1810.

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    width height depth
    12 316"
    31 cms
    47 38"
    120.5 cms
    15"
    38 cms

    Listed Price: £8,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 13433

    A finely carved, silvered pine and gesso headboard or overdoor panel. in the English Regency manner. Shaped in the stele style with scrolling shoulders and surmounted by a pierced akroter crest. It is centred by a floral and foliate decorated oval set amid rosette and leaf spay motifs. English, early 20th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    66 78"
    170 cms
    22"
    56 cms

    Listed Price: £1,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 11271

    A pair of small stone 16th century style heads, one perhaps representing an Ottoman figure, the other wearing a Tudor bonnet associated with academic tradition, and worn by Thomas Cromwell. They may have once been mounted on the walls of a manor house. There is damage to the back of the scholar's head. English, late 18th century or later.

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    width height
    9 18"
    23 cms
    9 1316"
    25 cms

    Listed Price: £850 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15393

    A limestone architectural capital with acanthus and scrolled carving in the Neoclassical manner. English, 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    15"
    38 cms
    10"
    25.5 cms
    7 78"
    20 cms

    Listed Price: £320 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 12744

    A pair of architectural Portland Stone c scroll corbels. English, 18th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    10 316"
    26 cms
    17 14"
    44 cms
    11"
    28 cms
  • Stock: 13641

    A pair of beautiful, heavy bronze, tapering pilasters of female warriors with dragon crested helmets, ornate breast plates, and draped robes terminating in clawed feet. They are most probably depictions of Athena the Greek Goddess of warfare but also of wisdom, courage, justice, strength and the arts, and are possibly by the French sculptor Provin Serres(1840 - ).
    French, circa 1860.

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    width height depth
    8 1316"
    22.3 cms
    32 18"
    81.5 cms
    5"
    12.7 cms

    Listed Price: £3,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 13006

    An Edwardian, near pair of large oak wall brackets each with three carved, reversed games birds, possibly stylised partridge, above bunched nuts in a bed of leaves.
    Early 20th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    15 38"
    39 cms
    21 18"
    53.5 cms
    9 14"
    23.5 cms

    Listed Price: £1,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15391

    A near pair of ornamental statuary marble ionic capitals with scrolled shell cartouche in the Georgian style. Probably once part of the columns on a fireplace surround.
    English, circa 1860.

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    Width Height Depth
    Left 11"
    28 cms
    5 38"
    13.6 cms
    5 12"
    14 cms
    Right 11"
    28 cms
    5 1316"
    14.8 cms
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Antique sculptures
Antique sculptures conjure the vision of ancient civilisations, the classical marble statues of Ancient Greece and Rome - harmonious and idealised - but they are varied in both their materials and their styles.

Antique bronze sculptures
Many ancient statues were copied by sculptors in the 18th century to sell as souvenirs for Grand Tourists. Antique bronze sculptures were popular, which may have been inspired by Greek sculptures that were cast in bronze and only later copied by the Romans in marble. Antique sculptures of this period were predominantly figurative and often represented these classical subjects.

Antique bronze sculptures also enjoyed a great revival in the Renaissance period, in Italy and France especially, the most renowned sculptor of this period being Cellini. His remarkable figurative work inspired many later sculptors to move away from classical poses and create works that were more flamboyant and dynamic. Antique bronze sculptures come in a range of sizes, so suit a variety of positions, whether a small occasional table, a plinth or a mantelpiece.

Antique marble statues
Marble statues enjoyed popularity from antiquity to the present day, from their beginnings as polychromed statues of the deities, they evolved to embody the elegance of many ages, immortalising Kings and Queens, Gods and Goddesses. The beauty of antique marble sculptures is often the way the marble has been selected to represent the form, where the veins of the stone are utilised to emphasise the curves of a body or a natural form. Marble also absorbs light, giving the statue an almost lifelike glow in a way that stone statues of the same subject can’t.

Antique wood carvings
In Europe, antique wood carvings were most commonly found in ecclesiastic settings during the medieval period, but eventually became desirable in private homes. Antique oak carvings from the Victorian period were often inspired by these medieval, 16th and 17th century carvings, and decorative adornments were added over doorways, on ceilings, staircases and wall brackets. Antique wood carvings and sculpture were sometimes polychromed, or painted, to give the carving a lifelike quality.

If you are looking for antique sculptures, London is without doubt a great place to look. From the inspiration of our great galleries and museums, to our showroom, the Capital offers a glimpse into the fascinating world of sculpture and carving.