Lot 362: Papier-mache Panels. Four large sections of a classical frieze from Lanrick Castle, circa 1790, together four papier-mache panels, each relief depicting a classical maiden picking grapes (two identical), some damage and loss, each 96.5 x 79.5cm (38 x 31.5ins). Provenance: Removed by the vendor from Lanrick Castle, near Doune in Stirling, in 1973, he having been informed that the castle was to be abandoned due to inheritance tax. The panels had been part of the decorative scheme in the entrance hall. Lanrick Castle was built around 1790, with Gothic additions made in 1815. In 1994 the castle was gutted by fire and lost its roof and in 2002 the remaining structure was demolished. The owner, Alistair Dickson, who inherited the building in 1984, was prosecuted for demolishing a listed structure without the necessary consent, and was fined £1,000. Grand-scale use of papier-mache mouldings were first used in Britain around 1740 as a substitute for plaster mouldings. Most extant examples are still in situ, and given their fragile nature, a survival such as these is remarkable. (4)
Dominic Winter's Antiques & Fine Art Auction October 2015
Thursday, 15th October 2015
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