HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
How is your garden looking? Any minute now you will we spending more time outside than in. Is it cool and shady and the swimming pool a shimmering blue? Are your lawns smooth, the topiary shapely, the kitchen garden all tidy rows and expectant bean sticks? Excellent. When you sit outside for a drink before dinner, where will you sit? No, those garden centre chairs will not do
The joy of a garden is not just the creativity we can expend upon it and the enjoyable time we spend planting things and then moving them, but also the time we spend just sitting and looking at it. The greenness of the grass and the trees is a good start because green is a soothing colour to the eyes, but we need aesthetic objects to look at and Augustus Brandt can help you find those.
You will not guess that the Marchioso pots are made of polythene until you touch them: they are frost proof to -40degrees and are just the thing to hold instant twelve-foot trees for your garden or terrace. There is a delicate English painted wrought iron bench and a seat that could have come straight from Jane Austen’s garden, and a variety of painted French urns, cast iron and splendidly aged.
There are wooden convex garden benches, to surround a tree or a shrub, and concave benches, made in our French workshop, which you can place in a sociable circle. And where the garden path stretches away between the pleached hornbeams, what will be the focal point at the end of the path? The fine stone Italian discus thrower, perhaps, or the statue of two children with dogs.
Two large contemporary stone dogs with gorgeous bronze collars will guard your driveway or front door; and there is the very thing for the centre of the pond: a Durenne putti statue of a small child holding a fish, or to be quite frank, throttling a fish. This child has never heard of the Catch and Release rules but he would look beautiful in the niche of a dark yew hedge. And if the family are looking too relaxed and peaceful sitting in the garden, there’s always the United Service Croquet Set. The cries of anguish will be heard in Winchester.
Durenne putti statue
A French painted cast iron water putti by A. Durenne, 19th Century
Rare Portuguese marble scratch sundial
A rare and large Portuguese carved marble scratch sundial, reputedly of royal provenance from a palace, late 17th Century
Four Val d’Osne urns
A set of four French cast iron urns from the Val d’Osne foundry, 19th Century
Italian garden statue
An Italian stone figural group depicting two children holding bunches of grapes, with dogs
Six Victorian marble urns
A rare set of six large Victorian marble urns, mid 19th Century