March 2016

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It's been quite busy all in all, so I have taken the wildly radical step of splitting this month's email into News and Latest Stock.

Before looking at the below items I am hoping that you have received in the post the latest garden catalogue (please just say if you would like one or more copies sent for friends/clients etc.). Moving swiftly on to a theme, if there is to be one, I think it should be lead.

Lead Cistern - It is not often one can say the oft' used dealer phrase of 'rare and unusual' with such confidence as I do now, when describing this 17th century lead cistern. It is a 'rare' survivor from a handful of known, dated, early lead cisterns, with provenance to the Wren family of Northam, Devon. It is 'unusual' because of its size, type and having a known family provenance. This example can only be compared to three others - being the full circular model at St Fagan's Cardiff and the semi-circular models recorded at Poundisford Park and Bovey Tracy.

Lead Urns - Scale is what you get with age, the later the date the smaller the item tends to be, is the rule with garden ornament, however, as always rules are to be broken and here we see two pairs of large lead urns that are not Georgian, moreover late 19th / early 20th century, but they are large in scale - one pair 2' 7" high and the other 2' 7" wide. These urns are not your ordinary Edwardian fare, and with swags, garlands and serpent handles abounding they will hold their own in a large space, possibly flanking steps or holding up the opposing corners of a balustrade.

Lead Statues - We have with Crufts in full swing our own Barbara Woodhouse - my apologies to my American readers who will not know of the sharp 'SIT' from the be-tweeded septuagenarian dog trainer who had her own TV show some time ago - I digress, Fidelity is depicted here giving instruction to her eager pouch, the model derived from one made in the previous century by Austin and Seeley. I have by popular demand included a lead birdbath, which can be a fountain should you wish.

Having exhausted the lead seam.. I now present a bronze Mercury, not old but made by one of the finest bronze casters, Chiurazzi of Naples. I discovered the resurgent foundry some 20 years ago, just after it had been resurrected by a wonderful Italian family who, with no previous experience in this area, took on a back street operation (long thought to have stopped producing circa 1920) and brought it, with its wonderful collection of moulds, to prominence once more. It is amazing to think that most of the moulds, including Mercury, were taken from the original! - I commissioned the first of Donatello's David, Giambologna's Mercury and the Herculaneum Daini to be made in over 80 years. I even met the last, fourth generation Mr Churazzi (a character if ever there was one) shortly before he died, spending all the money he'd received with Italian gusto no doubt. Sadly, the foundry and all its moulds were sold to a company that has mothballed the whole operation and so this Mercury, marked number 3 of 299, is I know one of the last models to be made by the most skilled of Neapolitan craftsmen and women it was my pleasure to meet.

It is really all metal work this month, apart from the ever popular Staddle Stones of course. We have from Japan my favourite bronze garden Cranes, which with their simple elegance add a point of interest to any water area. When passing through this ornate wrought iron and toll work gate to another garden room, you may come across our new 'enormous' copper planter and look on from one or other of our two garden seats - wire work and wrought iron respectively. These seats look as good in the winter when all is bare as in the full spring sunshine - something which I for one am very much looking forward to.

Please do say if I can assist in any way and thank you as ever for your interest.

With kind regards

Alex

A fine 20th century Bronze Mercury, after Giambologna

A pair of Japanese Taisho period (1912-1926) bronze cranes

An early 20th century lead garden figure of Fidelity, circa 1900

A semi-circular lead cistern dated 1653

A pair of early 20th century Continental wrought iron and toll work garden gates

A decorative mid 20th century wirework garden bench, circa 1950

A mid-20th century lead birdbath/fountain, circa 1940

The Enormous Circular Copper Garden Planter

A mid 20th century cast zinc peacock, circa 1950

A fine pair of early 20th century lead garden urns, circa 1910

A Regency wrought iron garden bench, circa 1820

A pair of large early 20th century lead urns, circa 1910

18th century stone staddlestones, circa 1780

A crisp winter's morn at Taddington, with spring just around the corner

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