Large and exceptionally carved in fossiled limestone.
1700s or earlier
H 80 cm (31"). Base : W 77 cm (30") max D 34 cm (13.5") max. Cap : 58 cm (23") x 10 cm (4")
An exceptionally styled and unusually large staddle stone carved in fossil rich, cream coloured limestone from the downs above the chalkstream River Kennet's valley.
Dating from 1700s, possibly earlier, its condition is testament to this very hard and tight grained limestone, rarely seen. The most unusual, almost equilateral, triangular base has a fascinating surface of lichens, fossils, quartz veins, chisel ridges and deep natural pocks such as the 'man in the moon' seen in the photos. The cap is large and intact except for a chip to one underside edge.
The less weathered face, long sheltered from the elements, is unblemished and free from lichens - giving the choice of appearances by its orientation.
An outstanding piece of vernacular sculpture in its own right and as a "fascinator" focal point to a garden, lawn, terrace, flowerbed or walk.
Stock No. 1957