July 2017

 

Goodbye flaming June, hello to the blue skies of July and welcome to my latest stock update.  

All busy as always and so now with Chelsea Flower Show all squared away - 'Award Winning' stand picture here - I thought it time to post a post of fine ornament for your perusal.
I shall start with a boy (Hippomenes) meets girl (Atalanta) story. She challenges boy(s) to a race for her hand in Marriage (Daughter of King) - catch is, you lose you die!  Many did and so our Hero, with the help of Aphrodite and three golden apples, manages to distract the lithe Beauty mid-sprint by dropping said golden delicious to win the race. All good until our lovers court in the wrong temple and in typical Greek tragic myth style they were turned into lions.
 
The racing couple were portrayed in cast iron in the 19th century in France as this model (Val d'Osne).  Ours here are rare surviving zinc models being direct copies of the French model but this time made in America, most likely by the New York founders Fiske. Both French and American models were based on 18th century marbles - Atalanta being a copy after the antique by Pierre Lepautre (1659 - 1744) and Hippomones carved by the elder Guillaume Cousteau (1677 - 1746).  These were displayed originally in the carp pools at the Chateau de Marly for the swaggering Sun King and are now for all to see the Louvre.  The watery image here being another zinc pair in Quex Park,  Birchington in  Kent, England.
 
More copies, this time I have an early 20th century Chiurazzi cast bronze Roe Deer, after the Roman original excavated in the Villa Dei Papiri Herculaneum.  Versions of this model can be found gracing some the World's finest gardens, such was the reach of the Neapolitan foundries.
 
On to a fantastic pair of gates - flamboyant, mildly impractical and simply marvellous - these gates, originally from the Carlton Hotel Edinburgh, have been restored to be once more an opening to something special.  
 
So much to be admired in the garden at this time of the year that you may need to sit down and why not on one of our lovely benches - one, a Bath Stone sofa that is remarkably comfortable, another, the eternally elegant Regency wrought iron design, and thirdly, a simple and quietly understated 19th century wrought iron slat back seat.
 
A wrought iron Regency garden seat of typical design with ribbed slat seat and curved back
Circa 1830
 
A simple, late 19th century, slat design wrought iron garden bench

Circa 1900
 
You know I do troughs and some fine examples here for you to choose; to plant, to use as a water feature or just simply let them be...
 

An 18th century circular stone trough

Circa 1800

 
A large rectangular stone trough with good weathering and patination
Circa 1800



 
An 18th century rectangular stone trought with good weathering and patination
 
Circa 1800
 
Back to bronze and though slightly off-piste for me, this cloisonné bronze peacock/cockerel dazzles and doubles as a censor - I think it just must be used - quietly smoking away on a hot summers eve bringing a scent of the Orient to any occasion.  
 
Japan and Cranes, a favourite of mine, and here a 7ft tall pair reaching for the sky, I feel I have possibly overdone the hyperbole when describing these Meiji bronze cranes and so I will let the pictures do the talking...


A pair of very large Japanese Meiji Period (1868 - 1912) 
bronze cranes

Circa 1880
 
A sensible and eminently useful flight of Portland stone steps, a crab that has come home after 20 years, a delicate little Ham stone urn and a pair of terracotta lattice planters by one of England's best craftsmen, Mr Philip Thomason - frost-proof guaranteed, it's Coade Stone you see... and not forgetting my brothers Adam's hand carved Bath stone finials, another great craftsmen at work.
 

A large late 20th century Italian carved limestone crab

Circa 1990
 

A 19th century single Ham stone urn

Circa 1860
 

A pair of 20th century terracotta garden planters by Philip Thomason

Circa 1990

 
 


A pair of Bath stone ball finials carved by Adam Puddy


 
And so finally, a simple lead Putto - understated agreed, however, he is a missing link going back to the  Lowlands of  17th century Europe, where the Larson Family plied their trade as makers of lead garden ornament. Here, this model has a replaced cup and flask, replicating one of the drawings showing the putto models provided by these makers.  Please see Frits Scholten of the Rijksmuseum's article 'The Larson Workshop: Reproducing Sculpture in 17th Century Holland' to fully explain the importance of this little chap.

 
 
I see that I may have rambled on too much, as ever, and so please do feel free to contact me if you need more information or assistance - if not, I hope you have a very good rest of the summer and I look forward to catching up in the fading light of a September sun.

With best regards

Alex
 
 

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