Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Garden Statuary at Chelsea

Chelsea Flower Show, London UK

Above: 'Green Door' by Ishihara Kazuyuki Design laboratory

Above: One of the show gardens incorporating stone into the wall and reusing steel framing in the garden

Above: the infant pan on the stand of Architectural Heritage

Above: Architectural Heritage stand

Above: Alex Puddy of Architectural Heritage on his merit winning stand at Chelsea

Above: John Cheeres violinist on H.Crowther stand

Above: cast iron vase by Andrew Handyside

There is not only flowers at Chelsea, this years show had numerous fine examples of garden statuary and ornament. Including Alex Puddy's stand from Architectural Heritage, which was awarded a certificate of merit for its outstanding presentation. The impressive stand was host to a whole array of gems, many of which showing red stickers as indication even in the bad weather things were selling. Mr Puddy said "I have had a few good sale and even in the overcast wet weather I'm hopeful of a more, before the stand is dismantled on Monday and then a quick rest on Tuesday before setting up for Olympia (5-15 June)."

Mr Puddy's stand included a mid twentieth century lead figure of 'The infant pan', £2,400. A pair of nineteenth century composition stone urns, £2,800. An early eighteenth century stone trough, £2,400. A Georgian seat £3,350 and a set of three Edwardian copper watering cans, £360.

JS Garden Ornaments and Antique had a Derbyshire gritstone D.shaped trough, £295 and a small limestone saddle stone, £320.

Leader H.Crowther's stand won a certificate of commendation and showed fine examples of lead statuary, such as Mars and Minera, attributed to the eminent John Van Nost Circa 1720, Cast at Hyde Park London, provenance Aislaby Hall North Yorkshire. A good nineteenth century cast iron example of the Borghese vase, by Andrew Handyside (1806-1887) who was awarded a medal at the great exhibition of 1862. John Cheeres violinist, the musician's copied from led garden statues, by the eminent eighteenth century figure maker John Cheere, 52" high x 24" wide, £3,230.

The show garden of the Royal Horticultural Society integrated reuse into their garden for the category of 'gardening with climate change' by creating chairs from tyres, creating the borders from recycled metal and using old Victorian roll top baths as large planters. Sadly many of the other gardens opted to use new slate, stone and brick rather than reusing. However, one Japanese designer chose to take 'Green' to the extreme by creating a room in the garden from moss and stone in the hope to highlight the possibility of a truly 'green roof top garden'.


Architectural Heritage

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