Grinling Gibbons sculpture unveiled at Fairfax House
PUBLISHED: 00:00 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:25 31 January 2018
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Fairfax House hosted a VIP reception to thank sponsors, supporters and well-wishers for their contributions to its successful fundraising appeal which saved a rare 17th century sculpture for the UK.
. Antonia Bostrom from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Carey Karmel, Mark and Margeret Storey
Caroyln and Richard Arundel.
Peter Hogarth, Carole Smith
Roger and Ann Ward
Sir Ronald Cooke, Hannah Phillip, director of Fairfax House and the sculpture
Hannah Phillip; Michael Sturge, Sir Ronald Cooke
Geoffrey Geddes, Andrew Hingston
Michael and Ruth Wickens
Maurice Vassie, George and Linda Ozols
The Deputy Lord and Lady Mayoress of York, Coun Dave Taylor and Susie Ridley
Colleen Copley, David Rayner
Elliot Davies, Lucy Hammond
Janet and David Hopton, Darrell Buttery, Sir Ron Cooke, chair of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber
Fairfax House Museum committee chair, Sue Fisher
The wooden sculpture by the acknowledged ‘Michelangelo of Wood’, Grinling Gibbons, depicts King David playing a harp and surrounded by dancing cherubs and is now on permanent public display for the first time in its history at the famous Georgian townhouse.
After raising £250,000 to buy the panel (£100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (Yorkshire), with a further £100,000 from the Art Fund, £41,500 from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and £5,000 from the Friends of Fairfax House), the museum successfully raised the balance of just over £50,000 through a public appeal.