J's Garden Notes - Autumn 2019
Autumn 2019 - J's Garden Notes
"Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it"
Rousham Park Gardens
Nr Bicester OX25 4QU
We recently visited this wonderful garden designed it appears by Charles Bridgeman who laid out Kensington Gardens and Stowe in around 1720 and later re-modelled by William Kent. It was an absolue joy and I fully recommend it to you.
The garden is described in the Rousham Park booklet we acquired there as "a rarity, an organic yet disciplined design, applying order loosely, yet lucidly, to a slice of English country, achieving an effect crystalling Nature."
The wonderful relaxed atmosphere of this place - so unusual to find. No people, no reception, a small payment on trust. It felt like we were lucky enough to catch a private view of a 18th century garden estate, as it was originally intended to be. Settled in and owned by nature.
The huge mature trees, original lead statues by John van Nost which appear to be as if they were newly created - in such original condition. Stone stautes by Sheemakers - Dying Gladiator particularly has the most wonderful feel to it. It speaks to you.
John van Nost - one of several figures
I love this place and will certainly return - it is good for the soul.
.... and of course the robin has the last word!
This little person was out feeding on our lawn this week in the middle of the day. A smallish hedgehog, it was getting around very well and eating the food we offered it but we noticed it was dragging its hind leg behind it.
Malvern Hedgehog Rescue came to its aid last night and the lucky little hedgehog is now in safe hands for the Winter where it will get the care it requires until the Spring when it will be put back into the wild to carry on its life.
What an incredible service this Malvern Hedgehog Rescue offers the prickly wildlife of Worcestershire. I am sure there are many others across the country being as wonderful. I for one will certainly be giving my support to help these people.
Statuary at J’s Garden Antiques
Boy with Dolphin
One of the most famous Renaissance sculptures from the 15th century is the Boy with Dolphin. The original Andrea del Verrocchio figure dates back to 1476 and can be seen on display today in Florence.
Andrea del Verrocchio was born in 1435. He was Italian and a hugely respected artist. He was a painter, a sculptor and a goldsmith. He famously had other important artists as pupils at his workshop in Florence through which it is said he ‘inspired and influenced’ talent and the work of artists such as Leonardo di Vinci and Lorenzo di Credi. Other famous names such as Francesco Botticini, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Pietro Perugino were also involved with his school of art. Verrocchio is mostly known for his sculpture.
J's Garden Antiques currently have in stock a really lovely 19th century bronze figure, after the original of the Boy with Dolphin, which is beautifully crafted and plumbed for water as a fountain. It does not need to be for water - the figure on its own is charming - so we are offering it for sale teamed with a 19th century stoneware pedestal. Stk No. 3795. This can be found on our website www.jsgardens.co.uk
Lead Putto – believed to date back to the 18th century – Young Ares God of War perhaps
We are really pleased to be able to offer this wonderful putto figure. The quality of the casting, the style and detail of the figure all point towards it being 18th century. The sword is a particularly nice feature of this. It screws neatly into the open palm of the hand. The handle is bronze. He is finely displayed on a befitting pedestal – granite, strong and tall.
It is difficult to be sure of the maker of this figure. It is very much in the style of John van Nost the Elder from the early 18th century. It is probably however a slightly later piece from the mid to late 1700s. There were many highly regarded sculptors in lead at that time. Van Nost’s principal assistant at his workshop in London was Andrew Carpenter who worked in lead in the early 1700s. John Cheere took over van Nost’s moulds and his business after his death and had a workshop famously at Hyde Park Corner in the centre of London.
This figure is in very good condition. There is slight flattening to a cheek and ear on one side but really very little. Just life. This can be found on our website – Stk No. 3796 www.jsgardens.co.uk
'La Source' bronzed zinc lifesize figure.
D shaped troughs – wonderful water features or planted gardens
When I am specifically looking for D shaped stone troughs for water features I cannot find them for love nor money. We currently have a selection of three real beauties. Varying sizes, each working really well as a water feature if teamed with a lead pump hopper or other spout from a wall; or equally beautiful as a planted trough. Each individually different and hand carved English stone troughs. Stk nos 3802, 3748 and 3754.
And finally ..................
Autumn is very much here in Worcestershire