September 2016

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Seeing these images with sunlight, the warm glow of a memory of a summer well spent comes through - I hope you also had a little summer sunshine. And so now, just as the first autumn chill caught me by surprise, I look forward to the hunt and hopefully finding a wild mushroom or two - my chosen extreme sport - well if you get it wrong..

'The Dancing Faun'
Circa 1900

A verdigris cast bronze copy of the Roman horse head known as the 'Medici Riccardi Horse'
Circa 1990

A pair of characterful seated stylised Bath stone dogs
Circa 1910

An Arts & Crafts terracotta sundial attributed to the Compton Pottery
Circa 1910

A 19th century terracotta amphora
Circa 1900

A bronze Neapolitan fountain group of the Amorino with Dolphin
Circa 1900

A pair of small scale Japanese bronze cranes
Circa 1910

A 19th century carved sand stone keystone
Circa 1830

A Coade stone triangular fountain base by Coade
Circa 1790

A large-scale single sand stone urn of bulbous form
Circa 1860

A large pair of composition stone reclining greyhounds by Austin and Seeley
Circa 1880

An 18th century carved stone urn
Circa 1790

A composition stone fountain base by Austin and Seeley
Circa 1870

Two early 19th century Bath stone columns of fluted form
Circa 1810

A hand carved limestone wall mask spout
Modern

A long rustic elm plank seat
Circa 1950

A rustic oak plank bench
Circa 1950

A rustic oak plank bench
Circa 1950

A pair of small cast iron Victorian planters
Circa 1890

A pair of large cast iron Victorian planters
Circa 1890

A regency wrought iron bench
Circa 1830

A large single wrought iron garden gate
Circa 1890

A pair of decorative American mid 20th century wrought and cast iron gates
Circa 1950

A pair of decorative wrought iron gates.
Circa 1900

A large single wrought iron garden gate
Circa 1910

Time then to look at a time piece, before the shadows get too long that is, in the form an Arts and Crafts terracotta sundial - not stamped so not Liberty, but possibly made by the Compton Pottery, there is fine modelling on the wings that flank the hour glass (sands of time and all) it has a repeated motif around the cap and crisp lettering to the base "TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO MAN" - how true! Continuing with fired earth we have a great big terracotta amphora, held upright in an adapted iron table base that worked out quite well I thought.

To all things stone next I think and a characterful pair of mythical lions that have a touch of the Chinese Dog of Foo about them - possibly an influence of the craze for all things oriental in the late 19th century? Defining characterful is this keystone, with a rather benevolent jolly chap looking slightly surprised all covered in lichen; possibly one for inside this one. As could also go inside or outside, a fine pair of truncated early 19th century fluted columns, with an extraordinarily elaborate capital doing everything not to comply with a classical order - I am selling these separately as they make fantastic plinths or just as they are. A solid bulbous urn - just a great shape - a little knocked about and very shallow planting shouldn't deter as it will hold a space well in any garden.

Not forgetting composition stone with a pair of reclining greyhounds made by the great 19th century maker Austin and Seeley around 1860. They are large, over life size even, but still have delicate ears and a lightness in form that would add grace to any entrance. Also part made by the same company we have an entwined three dolphin fountain base, though the bowl is a replacement made by us some time ago.

Bronze, in the form of one of my favourite models - The Medici Riccardi Horse Head - not so old, circa 1990, but a great looking piece. Then to something a little more delicate - the Amorino with Dolphin - a classic model from Pompeii and those bountiful Neapolitan foundries. Japan also produced their own bounty in the form of the ever popular Meiji Period (1868 - 1912) bronze cranes, these ones being very small - please check the size before calling I do however have more coming through if you need bigger.

A regency wrought iron seat must be thought of as British design classic - it has been made for centuries, though I must say that the date always ascribed to fine antique versions circa 1820 needs to be extended as so many seats were made in that particular year!

Something also in iron this time cast in very small quantities are these double pair of planters (small and larger) by the Scottish Coalbrookdale namely Walter MacFarlane and Co of the Saracen Foundry, Glasgow - I have never seen the model before and possibly one for a collector. And to finish this section - Gates gates gates - I love gates and here we have a few for you to choose from.

Wood wood wood - Benches and a seat in elm and oak these will make a welcome rustic addition to any garden, which is not (possibly the opposite of rustic) what one would say about the marvellous Marble of The Dancing Faun - He is off to the Museum of Oxfordshire for an exhibition entitled 'Why Antiques - 100 years of collecting in the Cotswolds' and embodies (sorry about the pun) my part in the show namely 'Why collect Sculpture from the Grand Tour'. Carved in white statuary marble he is a copy of the Roman original now in Florence. The arms were 're-imagined' in the Renaissance, however, one can see why this sculpture was held in such high regard by so many classicists - the movement, the energy, the openness of form, as one tries to imagine the sound made by the scabellum (great new word!) under foot and Crotala in hand - I have not seen such a good reproduction in good order. It was most probably sold from one of the sculpture galleries on the banks of the Arno on or around 1900 to a grand tourist.

I very much look forward to being of assistance.

Best regards

Alex


Alex Puddy
Architectural Heritage

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A Coade stone triangular fountain base by Coade
A Coade stone triangular fountain base by ...
A 19th century carved sand stone keystone
A 19th century carved sand stone keystone

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