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Most of the work we handle was made by artisans who were not trained as artists or sculptors, yet created exceptionally sensitive and powerful pieces. Many such works were originally made for practical purposes, yet from an artistic viewpoint reflect the individual hand and vision of the maker. Some of the material was relatively commonplace in its time, almost ephemeral, but is now rare, rich in surface, and compellingly contemporary in form.

These pieces were all made for functional purposes, and have survived the passage of time well beyond the period they were used. This is because people have somehow always cared for them and recognised that they had some merit or relevance that should not be lost or destroyed.

Simply conceived and individually created, they are honest and quietly noble survivals from our artistic tradition and whilst alternative, still come from the same roots as of the mainstream Art Historical narrative.

Graphic Trade Sign Overmantle for Messrs S&R Dutch,
Painted and Sign Written Wood with Mirror Plate, English, c1910,
47.6" high x 54.7" wide x 1.5" deep, £3,800

Sculptural Preening Ale Hen, Carved Natural Root Wood Bowl, Scandinavian c.1800,
6" high x 11" wide x 5" deep, £2,200

Stylised Pair of Milliner's Child Size Head Forms. Solid Elm and Beech, English, c1870,
Elm Example, 6.5" high x 5" deep x 4" wide
Beechwood Example, 6" high x 4" deep x 3.5" wide, £450/pair

Alert Swimming Duck Decoy, Hand Carved and Painted Wood, French, c1880,
6.5" high x 15.5" wide x 5.5" deep, £550

Milliner's Trade Sign for W.F. Lyons. Painted and Sign Written Wood, English c.1880
21" high x 36.5" wide x 2" deep, £750

Robert and Josyane Young, Battersea, London, October 2013.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 228 7847
Email: office@robertyoungantiques.com
68 Battersea Bridge Road
London, SW11 3AG