Loading Spinner

Lot 399: A pair of Victorian silver lion salts, by Daniel and Charles Houle, London 1872, of similar design to the British Museum lions, the seated lions with pull off heads, raised on lozenge-shaped bases, height 7.2cm. £3,000-£5,000

Noonans

November 29, 2022
London, United Kingdom

More About this Item


Description

A pair of Victorian silver lion salts,
by Daniel and Charles Houle, London 1872,




of similar design to the British Museum lions, the seated lions with pull off heads, raised on lozenge-shaped bases, height 7.2cm.





£3,000-£5,000

---

Although not identical, these silver lion salts closely resemble the cast iron lion sculptures that were positioned on the cast iron railings outside the British Museum, designed by Alfred Stevens in 1852.

Alfred George Stevens (1817-1875) was born in Blandford, Dorset, the son of a decorator and joiner. By the age of ten, he was working in his father’s shop as an assistant. In 1833, Stevens travelled to Italy and studied in Naples, Bologna, Siena, Pompeii, Rome, Florence and Venice, remaining in Italy for nine years. While in Rome, he attended the Accademia di Belle Arti and was also employed by the Danish sculptor, Bertel Horvaldsen. Upon his return to England, the young Stevens was hired as a tutor by the School of Design, Somerset House, London. He stayed there until 1850 when he became the head artist at H. E. Hoole and Co in Sheffield, a company that specialised in bronze and metal objects. In 1852, Stevens returned to London, at which time he designed the vases on the railings and the cast iron lions for the dwarf posts in front of the British Museum. The main gates and railings of the museum were installed in May 1852, and a second lower set of railings were erected outside the inner railings, to mark the museum’s boundary, and these were ornamented at intervals with the 25 small cast iron lions, approximately 35cm in height. The story recounted by the British Museum recalls the “ regal posture (of the lions) was inspired by a particularly impressive cat belonging to one of the sculptor’s friends” .

When the lions are removed in 1896, some were installed on the railings around the Wellington monument in St Paul’s Cathedral.
------
For more information (including a condition report) , additional images and to bid on this lot please go to the auctioneers website, www.noonans.co.uk

Request more information

Payment

Accepted forms of payment: American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Wire Transfer

Shipping

If you are successful in purchasing lot/s being auctioned by us and opt for the item/s to be sent to you, we will use the following methods of shipment:

Within the UK
Shipments weighing less than 2KG will be despatched using Royal Mail Special Delivery. This service provides parcel tracking (via the Royal Mail website) and next weekday delivery (betwen 9am and 1pm). Shipments weighing more than 2KG will be despatched using FedEx. Shipments sent using FedEx are delivered next weekday and can be tracked using the FedEx website.

Items delivered within the UK are covered by our insurance company. Heavy and bulky lots will be sent by courier, in discussion with the client.

Outside of the UK
If the item/s being sent are worth under £1000 in total they are sent using Royal Mail's Signed For International service. This ensures the item must be signed for when it is delivered.

If the item/s being sent are valued at over £1000 in total they will be sent using FedEx. This service allows next day delivery to customers in many parts of the US and parcels are fully trackable using the FedEx website.

Selected Silver and Objects of Vertu

by
Noonans
November 29, 2022, 12:00 PM GMT

London, United Kingdom

Buyer's Premium

24.0%

From: To: Increment:
£0 £49 £5
£50 £199 £10
£200 £499 £25
£500+ £50

Extended Bidding

5 minutes/bid

Conditions of Sale

TBA

Shipping Terms

If you are successful in purchasing lot/s being auctioned by us and opt for the item/s to be sent to you, we will use the following methods of shipment:

Within the UK
Shipments weighing less than 2KG will be despatched using Royal Mail Special Delivery. This service provides parcel tracking (via the Royal Mail website) and next weekday delivery (betwen 9am and 1pm). Shipments weighing more than 2KG will be despatched using FedEx. Shipments sent using FedEx are delivered next weekday and can be tracked using the FedEx website.

Items delivered within the UK are covered by our insurance company. Heavy and bulky lots will be sent by courier, in discussion with the client.

Outside of the UK
If the item/s being sent are worth under £1000 in total they are sent using Royal Mail's Signed For International service. This ensures the item must be signed for when it is delivered.

If the item/s being sent are valued at over £1000 in total they will be sent using FedEx. This service allows next day delivery to customers in many parts of the US and parcels are fully trackable using the FedEx website.

For Sale from Noonans