March 2018

As time marches on I await somewhat impatiently for spring, it is however to be 'on hold' as the congealed earth is bound up in frozen anticipation of our very own 'beast from the east' (NOW ARRIVED!) - I have decided herewith to strike Siberia off my holiday destination wish-list and can only hope for a staycation with the promise of an English spring - roll on you daffodils. 

  

To the stock that is latest, events that have past and events that are yet to come. We had a thoroughly enjoyable and warm experience at the London Art Fair, showing for the first time our Modern British Sculpture and Drawings - image of the stand here and more to come another day on this growing side of AH. 

Off in a couple of weeks to say Hi to all my clients in New York at the Architectural Digest Show.... and soon it will be our yearly outing to Blenheim Palace for the Cotswold Art and Antique Dealers' Fair April 19th - 22nd (separate emails on these events another day). 


Latest 2018 Architectural Heritage garden collection catalogue - please do say if you would like one / another / more than one copy(s) sent free of charge worldwide by post. 

Alternatively, or in addition, the catalogue is available online / via email as a digital file. 


To interesting items... It is not often that I get to use the rather fashionable words upcycled and repurposed, but here we have a pair of benches with slate tops re-carved from old snooker table slates - and rather smart they look too. 


Gates - we love gates and three more pairs here for you to think on for a mini statement or elegant garden room divider. 



A pair of ornate wrought iron garden gates having foliate scroll work throughout with toleware embellishment in the form of decorative urns and floral motifs, circa 1930










A pair of vintage wooden garden gates with curved top inset and rustic iron bars, circa 1950



  


A pair of decorative wrought iron garden gates having scroll work throughout with single spike decoration to the lower quarter, circa 1910


Troughs - we do do troughs and here two more to add to inventory to be used as marvellous planters or, as we are seeing increasingly, as water features - we carry out all the work required here in our workshops to make this work for you. 




A large 18th century stone trough with good weathering and patination, c irca 1750





Austin and Seeley - a firm started in the 1830s who made in artificial stone (concrete) fine garden ornament and fountains - think Osbourne House, think Regents Park and you will see their work in your mind's eye. Here we have two rather rare examples from the venerable old company in the form of a large 6ft figure of Flora and nearly as large at 4ft 8ins a pair of planters named as the 'Oriental Lotus Vase', as illustrated as number 56 in their catalogue of 1848. 
  

Meiji bronze cranes - followers of these missives will know I like these fellows in all sizes and here we have a nice example of a single pond guardian standing proud at 3ft tall. 



  

To the Interior and some panelling - it has been a while and nice to show two early 18th century panels, circa 1700, to act as theatrical backdrops maybe. 




A single 18th century oak panel, having quarter-sawn panels with thumb groove moulding to the top rail. 

Provenance 
Icomb House, Gloucestershire, England.



And finally, a stained-glass panel by William Wailes, circa 1850, depicting Christ carrying the Cross, wonderfully restored by the York Minster Glaziers Trust - alongside another slightly larger project! The panel echoes the compact story telling style of medieval glass - the horse is especially watchful with a single circular lead came encompassing his beady eye. Though somewhat more iridescent (the pink being a signature colour for Wailes) the restricted colour pallet is that of the predominantly French and English glaziers working in the 14th Century, the decorative circular beading around the perimeter of the panel also being a much-used technique at that time. The condition of the panel is good overall, only with fading (Turin shroud like) to the face of Christ and the other Cross supporting figure (St Simon) to give a sense of the enigmatic. 

  
As always please do click on images to see more information and do not hesitate to contact me directly if I can be of further assistance. 

And yes, it's still snowing... 

With best regards

Alex

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