Pair of Early 20th Century Lead Garden Urns after John Van Nost

GBP 17,745.00

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Object Description

A pair of early 20th century lead garden urns after John Van Nost. These urns make for a stunning pair, with their intricate and eye-catching design. Round, with a pronounced gadrooned waist, the sculpted lead depicts a band of convolute acanthus centred on two faun heads, with scrolling handles terminating in female nudes with folded arms. Its waisted foot cast is also decorated with acanthus leaves.

John Van Nost
This pair are after a design by John Van Nost. Nost was a native of Malines in the Netherlands. He is first recorded in England around 1678, working at Windsor Castle under Hugh May. His workshop was in the Haymarket, and he specialised in lead figures, though he also worked in other materials, such as stone and terracotta.

He had many important patrons and was commissioned to make several garden figures for great houses and palaces, including Castle Howard and Hampton Court Palace.

He designed a set of sixteen urns, which were commissioned by William III for the Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace.

Additional Dimensions (Each)

Height 78 cm (30.7 in)
Internal height 50 cm (19.68 in)
Internal diameter 37 cm (14.56 in)
Width including handles 70 cm (27.5 in)
External body of urn 53 cm (20.86 in)
Weight 200 kg (440.9 lb)

Object Condition

Good structural condition. Minor marks and scuffs. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor Losses, scuffs, and scratches.

Object Details

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    W:50 x H:78 x D:70 centimeters
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Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44(0) 1981 541 155

Dealer Location


From the M50 / Ross-on-Wye
At the end of the M50 take the A40 towards Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Take the A49 Hereford Road (third roundabout after leaving the M50) Ignore the first two signposts for Wormelow, Stay on the A49 for approximately nine miles take the next left turn after passing the Pilgrim Hotel, singed A466 Wormelow. Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side, the site is called; Grove Farm / The Grove.

From A49 Hereford
Follow the A49 south from Hereford for approximately five miles. After the uphill section at the Callow there is a layby on your right followed by one on your left. Take the next right turn onto the A466 singed Wormelow / Monmouth, Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side on Grove Farm / The Grove.

UK Heritage
Grove Barn
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