An early 19th century pot bellied, marble sundial pedestal, later painted, with a rare stamped bronze sundial plate by Austin and Seeley, dated 1861.
Felix Austin started producing artificial stone ornaments in 1828, going into partnership with John Seeley around 1840. The firm of Austin and Seeley, one of their patrons being Queen Victoria, produced a large range of artificial stone garden ornamentation and continued doing so until around 1872. There are Austin and Seeley sphinxes, finials and a dog at Blickling in Norfolk, several statues at Hampton Court, a fountain at Wilton, and a collection of urns at the orangery of West Park. It should be noted that Felix Austin also worked with marble. ( there is a wonderful in depth article onThe Gardens Trust website on Austin and Seeley )
Only one item of their ware has been found to be stamped to this date, that being a pair of eagles in the Swiss gardens, Shuttleworth, so to find this bronze, name stamped sundial is truly are rare find.
H 52" x W 14' x D 14"
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