Ewbank's To Host Its First Auction Dedicated To The Garden On May 11

Lots To Include Furniture, Planters, Statues And Ceramics

Garden Statuary AuctionIf the Spring sunshine has sparked your interest in the great outdoors, then head along to Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, on May 11. The garden has often featured in other auctions at Burnt Common but this will be  the first time that a whole sale has been dedicated to it.


Starting at 10am, it will feature an interesting mix of antique and modern garden furniture and statuary. There is still time to consign items for the auction.


Items already catalogued for sale include two sets of white painted stone staddle-stones, which carry a pre-sale estimate of between £100 and £200, and a pair of composition stone urns on pedestal bases, also valued at between £100 and £200. Staddle stones, or stone mushrooms as some people like to call them, date back to the medieval period and were used to support grain stores or other agricultural storage buildings.  The word staddle is said to derive from Old English 'stathol', meaning a foundation. They comprise a tapering section of stone with a separate overhanging top, looking much like a mushroom. The purpose was to raise the grain store off the ground to allow free airflow, while the overhanging top prevented rodents from getting in.  Nowadays their function is principally ornamental.Stone Urn Auction Garden


A range of garden furniture will be going under the hammer including a teak table and six chairs, cast iron Britannia pub tables, and garden benches, as well as a selection of planters and ceramics, featuring chimney pots, terracotta pots by Tom Keeling, and Belfast sinks. Alongside these, are two Meon Valley Pottery pots by Nick Pinner, plus an ale jug by Edward Paemitter.


A 20th century cream foliate-decorated garden seat has a pre-sale guide price of between £50 and £80, and a green semi-circular front garden seat, also 20th century, is valued at between £50 and £80. 


A composition stone trough with cherubs in relief, and two composition stone circular planters, are estimated at between £50 and £80.


Other lots guaranteed to add interest to any garden include four 19th century lead figures which carry an estimate of between £300 and £500 for all four. Alongside the statues, planters and furniture are a wooden beehive, a wooden apple storer, a boot scraper, a terracotta sundial, four salt-glaze cider jars marked for W.M. Morrison Leith, and a wrought iron spiral rose arch.Garden Auction


Entries are still welcome for this auction. Viewing for the lots is on Monday  May  8 from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday May 9, from 9am to 7pm and Wednesday 10th from 9am to 5pm, plus on the morning of the sale from 9am.


Live internet bidding through www.theauctionroom.com and Ewbank’s live bidding platform will be available. These platforms give online buyers the opportunity to participate in sales at no extra cost, giving them savings of up to 6% over other commercial live bidding platforms.


If you have items to consign for sale for this or any future auctions, please get in touch with Ewbank’s for advice on the process. Call 01483 223101 or email valuations@ewbankauctions.co.uk. Alternatively, just call in Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm at the Burnt Common Auction Rooms, just off the A3 near Guildford. There is plenty of parking on site.


• Ewbank’s is delighted to be sponsoring ‘The Art of Sidney Sime, Artist and Philosopher Exhibition of paintings at The Lightbox in Woking from 15 April to 28 May. Sime lived in Worplesdon, just outside Guildford, for more than 30 years. For further information please visit www.thelightbox.org.uk