Ewbank's To Host Auction Dedicated To Garden Furniture & Statuary On May 10

Lots to include furniture, planters, statues and ceramics

garden furniture auctionsIf the Spring sunshine has reignited your interest in the great outdoors, then head along to Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, on May 10, for its annual Garden Furniture And Statuary sale.


Last Spring, saw the first-ever auction solely dedicated to the garden for Ewbank’s, and it was a resounding success with every single lot selling, and the final total for the sale more than double the low-end estimate.


statuary auctionChris Ewbank, senior partner and auctioneer, said: “We were pleasantly surprised at the strength of interest in the garden sale last year and are hoping to see even better results this year. There is still time to consign items for the auction next month, so do get in touch with the team for valuations and advice.


“There will be a mix of antique and modern garden furniture, as well as planters, statues and ceramics going under the hammer, which will add interest to gardens of any size as we head into the summer months.”


One of the most intriguing lots sold last year, was an early 20th century Arts and Crafts pottery terracotta jardiniere, with snake motif, designed by Mary Seton Watts, for the Compton Pottery. It had a final price of £889, after keen bidding from buyers.


statue auctionThe interest for this particular lot was driven by the link to the Compton pottery, which was founded by the Watts family, on completion of the Watts Chapel, in Compton, just outside Guildford, in 1900.


Mary Watts founded the Compton Potter's Arts Guild, which, in 1901, moved into the Compton Pottery. It prospered throughout the beginning of the 20th century, with the likes of Liberty & Co. of Regent Street selling their works. The pottery became well known for its large ornamental pots, birdbaths, garden ornaments and sundials.


garden auction surreyArchitectural commissions were received from Edwin Lutyens and Clough Williams-Ellis for his Italianate village at Portmeirion, among others. Gertrude Jekyll commissioned a garden pot that was subsequently labelled as the 'Jekyll model’. The Compton Pottery remained a successful industry, providing employment in the village until 1956.


The team at Ewbank’s is hoping to unearth other garden gems such as this one in its May 10 sale. Ewbank’s will also be holding a valuation day with the Watts Gallery in August, where the team will be on hand to apprise items free of charge.


Highlight lots already consigned for sale include a pair of Gothic-style terracotta garden pots, with moulded decoration, standing 51cm high, which carry a pre-sale guide of between £400 and £600.


A pair of cast iron garden urns on plinths, in the style of Alfred Corneau, has been valued at between £300 and £500. The plinth is 73cm high, and the urns 47cm. They are in the same style as those designed by Corneau, who was renowned for his dramatically convex-shaped urns in cast iron in the mid 19th century.


A set of four large (90cm high) composition stone lions in upright position, with shields in relief, has been valued at between £200 and £300; and a large 20th century weathercock, standing on a clock finial, measuring 220cm, has been valued at between £150 and £250.


Ewbank’s is accepting consignments for the Garden Furniture and Statuary sale until May 4.   

The team is also accepting entries for the next Fine Sale in June, as well as for forthcoming Fine Wine and Spirits; Toys and Models; and Entertainment Memorabilia auctions in May.


The team at Ewbank’s is available for free valuations from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday at the Burnt Common Auction Rooms, just off the A3 near Guildford.