Grinling Gibbons sculpture unveiled at Fairfax House

PUBLISHED: 00:00 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:25 31 January 2018

Sir Ronald Cooke, Hannah Phillip, director of Fairfax House and the sculpture

Sir Ronald Cooke, Hannah Phillip, director of Fairfax House and the sculpture

Richard Doughty Photography. www.richarddoughty.com

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.

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.

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