September 2017

As the summer fades, the impending 'autumnal leaf tumble', and my favourite dangerous sport - mushrooming - begins, I thought it time to catch up and let you know where we're up to; shows, new stock and a charity idea... Don't panic! I'm not asking for money, moreover, if you are happy to send me a high resolution image(s) of your new or antique AH item(s) resplendent in your garden or project, I will pledge to donate £25 for each image used to either your chosen charity or split the donation between our two Architectural Heritage charities - these being the Wylye Valley Disabled Children's Charity and a fund supporting young musicians playing classical music in our local schools. For the image, I can credit you or your company, or you may remain anonymous as you wish.  See this wonderful image of our new Quercus Robur High Back Garden Seat, shown with client's permission.

Our next big event is our annual participation at the interior design Mecca that is DECOREX - this big show in a big tent in Syon Park, near Richmond, London, showcases the best in UK interior design. The show opens on Sunday 17th September with the last two days Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th open to the Public.  I will be there on all four days of the show and very much look forward to saying 'Hi' to clients, old and new.

To latest stock - the splendid lead picture is of Witley Court in Worcestershire, a magical shell of a place being once a magnificent Italianate mansion sadly gutted by fire in 1937, subsequently sold and then striped of assets in the 1950s. Before the disaster it was one of the most lavish private buildings ever built in these Isles, and we have a part of it, being a run of over 36 feet of carved Bath stone balustrading with spares. Before you ask, I did offer it back to the new owners, English Heritage, however, it was not wanted so here is possibly a unique opportunity to own a piece England's Architectural Heritage...


To seats, and here an elegant 19th century wrought iron strap-work garden seat having cabriole legs and scroll arms, circa 1840, along with a 19th century cast iron garden seat of a twig and foliate design, circa 1860 - I have just purchased another example of this design and so soon a pair will be available.

 

A 19th century cast iron garden seat of a twig and foliage design

Circa 1860



As you know I love my garden gates and here is a decorative pair from the early 20th century, circa 1930, fashioned in iron and brass in the Baroque manner, having foliate scrollwork, complete with hinges all ready to go.

 
Stone three ways... 
First up Horton stone, you can see this exampled in the wonderfully colourful buildings and churches in and around Banbury, Oxfordshire, here seen carved in the early 20th century, circa 1910, a sundial of octagonal form with bronze sundial plate.


Next, probably my favourite stone 'Ham' stone from Somerset, once scrumptiously described as "Trapped sunshine", carved here, a medieval, circa 1500, gargoyle in the form of a lion or mythical beast and purchased privately being used as a door stop - 
I do love being British!  
Provenance: Sutton Bingham Manor, Somerset, England.

 
Still with Ham stone, a group of four staddle stones, circa 1750, with their typical solid dome shaped bases and wide brimmed caps; these differing from our third stone, Bath stone, which we call up here in the Gloucestershire hills, Cotswold stone, though the stone does differ in tone from quarry to quarry, as can be seen with the group of six and the second group of four staddle stones.

 
 
A group of six Cotswold stone staddle stones

Circa 1750


 

A group of four Cotswold stone staddle stones

Circa 1750


To round off the stone section we have a couple of troughs - with many more in stock - to use as you wish as water features or planters.



 

A large 18th century stone trough with good weathering and patination

Circa 1750

 
Linking to water, we have this stylized Italian marble dolphin spout, circa 1930, which sits back against a wall or flat on the ground - possibly at the head of a rill? 


And then finally, to grace any pond or pool, a set of three Japanese bronze cranes from the Taisho period (1912-1926).
 
As always please do click through the images for measurements and pricing and of course please do make contact if I can assist in any way.
 
I look forward to hearing from you or possibly seeing you at Decorex London and soon at the American Society of Landscape Architects Conference (ASLA), this year in Los- Angeles in October.
 
With best regards

Alex

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