Pick of the Week: John Gibson terracotta sculpture emerges from house clearance

Part of the intake for a general sale, a terracotta sculpture by a protégé of Antonio Canova sold for £21,000 (plus premium) at Reeman Dansie in Colchester.

The 2ft 2in (64cm) high painted model of a dancing bacchante with a big cat at her feet bore the inscription to the base I Gibson 1812. Estimated at just £100-150, it had been consigned by a local lady who was clearing her late father’s house. During his lifetime she had wisely resisted his requests to use the unloved statue as a garden gnome. John Gibson (1790-1866) was perhaps the most successful British sculptor of his generation. Born in Gyffin, near Conway, he ...