Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum is Hoping to Save Unique Zodiac Settle Designed by William Burges

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LONDON.- Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum is hoping to save a unique zodiac settle designed by 19th century architect William Burges. A settle is a wooden day-bed or bench. This particular piece is highly valuable and is subject to a temporary export bar until 20 December, put in place by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey. Following the decision, Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum was identified as the most appropriate UK institution to mount a fundraising campaign to raise the £800,000 necessary to acquire the settle for public collections. We’ve offered £150,000 towards the acquisition. The settle (1869-70) is an ornate seat or bench that combines the form of an Italian Renaissance day-bed with a castellated canopy inspired by the English Gothic. It is made from painted, stencilled and gilded wood, decorated with rock crystal and slips of vellum. The central panel, painted by Burges’ collaborator Henry Stacey Marks, features the sun on a throne, surrounded