John Christopher Ingham Roper-Curzon, 20th Baron Teynham (b.1928), Pylewell Park, Hampshire Christie's South Kensington, April 26, 1995, lot 426
This altar pedestal in the form of three addorsed vestal caryatids is derived from a work by the architect James Wyatt for Queen Charlotte at Frogmore House, Windsor, the design for which was reproduced in 1778 by Eleanor Coade, who produced her own version in Coade Stone (A. Kelly, Mrs Coade's Stone, 1990, p.183-4). The design was taken up by later suppliers of garden statuary in marble and composition stone including Austin and Seeley.
Top drilled with holes to accommodate later fixture. Approximately one inch in depth. Very minor surface weathering and discoloration due to outside installation. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.