This Knife-Grinder statue once formed part of a display in the Cartoon Gallery at Knole and copied a display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
The statues were moved to the Orangery some time during the first half of the twentieth century. The Orangery was used as a storage space and gradually fell into disrepair. It was during this period that the three statues became damaged. The Wrestlers statue and the statue of Perseus were conserved in 2010. The Knife-Grinder was collected earlier this year by Cliveden Conservation for repair. The funds, over £5000, were raised from sales of raffle tickets in 2010.
The Knife Grinder was in several different pieces. The main body was completely detached from the base, with damage to both arms and feet. The painted surface was also in poor condition with lots of flaking areas and loss of paint.