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Gill work from a great admirer

Rare piece consigned by family of businessman who commissioned a memorial from the artist

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Modern sculpture, including a small rediscovered marine ivory piece by Eric Gill (1882-1940), took centre stage at Duke’s (22% buyer’s premium) in Dorset.

The 6in (15cm) high piece was carved in c.1922 and depicts the Madonna and Child executed in the sculptor’s trademark ‘medieval’ style.

Less typical was his use of marine ivory: only three small pieces by Gill in this medium have been recorded, with the example at Duke’s not seen on the market for nearly a century.

Backed up by a reference in Gill’s ledgers, it is thought the piece had been commissioned by his friend, Father John O’Connor, a priest at St Cuthbert’s Church in Bradford.

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Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette is affectionately known as ‘the Bible of the antiques trade’. A long tradition of authority, integrity and accuracy, makes it the essential read for everyone who loves antiques. With a subscription to Antiques Trade Gazette, you’ll stay ahead of all the developments in the art and antiques market, plus you’ll enjoy • A comprehensive auction calendar – see when and where every sale will be happening • Exclusive interviews with dealers, giving you the inside track on the trade • Breaking news on key industry developments • Secrets, stories and tips from leading specialists and collectors • Top lots advertised by auctioneers • Previews of the best art and antiques fairs and markets • Special supplements focusing on specific collecting areas

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