Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Carl Willows reports on Gaze sale

Above: An early 18th Century marble bust of a boy holding a bearded mask, seated on an animal skin (possibly representing the infant Hercules with head of Holofernes) - from the estate of Kent artist Gordon Davies, sold for 29,000.

Gaze, Diss Norfolk
T W Gaze Architectural Salvage & Statuary Sale 16 August 2008

Whilst perhaps better known for the high price they achieve for quality building materials, T.W Gaze consistently attract interesting lots of a more decorative nature in their five Architectural sales each year. The August sale was no exception with a range of esoteric items fresh to the market. Highest interest had been in a marble study of a boy holding aloft a bearded mask of very fine quality. The unsigned piece was from the Estate of the Kent artist Gordon Davies whom we understand acquired it on the continent some thirty years ago. Phone and room interest took it rapidly beyond the guide price to a substantial £29,000 plus 12½% buyer’s premium. Among other interesting lots was a 58ft long Art Nouveau copper frieze in need of work which fetched £1,200. Lead cherubs took £2,200 and a wrought and pierced metal small pergola made £1,100. Stone and composition statuary of quality was in good demand. Building materials not surprisingly quieter. Next sale October 11th.


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