William Hogarth Urns Going on Sale

Pair are copies of the originals given to the artist by David Garrick

The two replica urns being soldThe two replica urns being sold. Picture: Summers Place Auctions


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Two urns which are replicas of a pair given to William Hogarth by David Garrick are being offered for sale this week.

The 80cm Jesmonite finials are copies of those presented by the Georgian actor in around 1750 to the artist who used them to decorate the entrance to his country house in Chiswick.

The Hogarths had bought a house with a walled garden which was originally an orchard and the ancient mulberry survives there today. Hogarth had not owned a garden before so the pine cone on top of the urns and their garlands of fruit and flowers rather appropriately symbolise its future fruitfulness.

Now open to the public, the original lead finials have been moved inside and two pairs only were made in Jesmonite, one pair of which are now on the gate piers at Hogarth's House, and this second pair, is being sold on behalf of The William Hogarth Trust. The guide price is between £800 and £1,250 with the sale taking place on 30 June.

A spokesperson for the William Hogarth Trust said, “With the help of the late Rosalind Elliott, a wonderful supporter of the Trust, we raised funds to pay for high quality replicas of the urns which had once stood on the gate piers at Hogarth's House. She used the fact that they were a gift from celebrity actor David Garrick to encourage theatrical friends to make donations towards the project.

“Two replicas were placed on the gate piers in 2013 while the originals are kept inside the House. Two more, commissioned by the Trust, are being offered for sale by Summers Place Auctions on 30 June. They are fabulous. The material from which they were made closely matches the originals in texture and colour but will not deteriorate. We hope they will find an appropriate new home and the Trust will have some money to put towards Hogarthian projects.”

Rosalind Elliott cleaning one of the urns
Rosalind Elliott cleaning one of the urns

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June 26, 2021

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