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QUEEN VICTORIA STATUE MISSING FROM HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT FOR OVER 100 YEARS IS FOUND

A carved stone statue of Queen Victoria missing from the Houses of Parliament for over 100 years was whisked away by former Prime Minister William Gladstone, a discovery suggests.


The 5ft 6in tall figure was spotted during a routine valuation by an auctioneer 97 miles from the Palace of Westminster in the shrubbery of a property in Hampshire - a home once owned by one of Mr Gladstone's descendants.
The present-day owner of the home in Ringwood acquired the statue when he bought the land in 1971 - and it has remained in the back garden ever since.It is thought to have been removed from the Houses of Parliament during restoration works to the façade in the late 19th or early 20th century.
Researchers began sourcing the Anston stone statue’s history and came across a sketch of it by renowned sculptor John Thomas. Prior to his death in 1862, Thomas worked as the Superintendent of Stone-Carving at the Houses of Parliament and, as such, was responsible for the supervision of the Gothic style statues of former kings and queens that existed for the exterior of the building. It is understood members of parliament were given the right to “acquire” the statues, or other architectural elements, when they were removed or replaced due to weathering.
The home in which it was found all these years later previously belonged to the Keith Gladstone, a descendant of the four-time Prime Minister William. Originally a Conservative politician, he later helped form the Liberal Party in a political career spanning over 60 years. He left parliament in 1895, and died three years later aged 88 having served as Britain’s oldest Prime Minister to date.
Now the unique piece of parliamentary history will go on sale at Duke’s Auction House in Dorchester, Dorset, on February 23, and is expected to fetch a sum of at least £10,000.
Guy Schwinge of Duke’s said: “The sale of this statue provides an exceptional opportunity for someone to acquire a unique piece of British history. Although exposure to the elements has weathered the Anston stone, the statue has real presence and is certain to attract collectors from around the world. It is difficult to value something of this rarity and importance, but the statue could easily make £10,000 or more”.

For more imnformation please visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/13/queen-victoria-statue-missing-houses-parliament-100-years-found/


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Forthcoming Fine Art Sales

Ceramics, Glass, Asian Art and Furniture

23rd February 2017

To include the Buxton collection of engraved glass and an important family collection of Charles Gouyn St. James’s Porcelain

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Coins, Militaria and Ephemera

9th March 2017

Last date for entries 27th January 2017.

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Forthcoming General Sales

Avenue Auction

14th March 2017

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21st March 2017

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Previous Fine Art Sales

Jewellery and Silver, Furniture and Works of Art - [8th December Lots 1-739] [9th December Lots 850-1477] -

8th December 2016

This sale will take place on the 8th and 9th December 2016. Thursday 8th December at 10.30am (Lots 1-739) Friday 9th December at 10.30am (Lots 850-1477)

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Asian Art

18th November 2016

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Previous General Sales

Avenue Auction

21st February 2017

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31st January 2017

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Featured Lots

  • A FIJIAN 'CANNIBAL FORK' AND SIMILAR LADLE,

    A FIJIAN 'CANNIBAL FORK' AND SIMILAR LADLE,

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  • A PARCEL-GILT AND PARQUETRY BUREAU

    A PARCEL-GILT AND PARQUETRY BUREAU

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  • A FINE GANDHARAN GREY SCHIST BODHISATTVA MAITREYA

    A FINE GANDHARAN GREY SCHIST BODHISATTVA MAITREYA

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  • A FLEMISH WALNUT FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN, probably circa 1500,

    A FLEMISH WALNUT FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN, probably circa 1500,

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  • A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE

    A GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND MARQUETRY DEMI-LUNE COMMODE

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  • AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (1878-1961) A portrait study of a gypsy girl, holding a large ewer, oil on canvas, 25" x 20". Provenance: The Hon. Richard Smith, and thence by descent. Private collection, Channel Islands.

    AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (1878-1961) A portrait study of a gypsy girl, holding a large ewer, oil on canvas, 25" x 20". Provenance: The Hon. Richard Smith, and thence by descent. Private collection, Channel Islands.

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