New York Botanical Garden Sculpture and Antiques Fair
April 27, 2013 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
French Country Living Antiques had some charming displays.
At Thursday night’s New York Botanical Garden Sculpture and Antiques Fair Preview Party and Collectors’ Plant Sale sponsored by 1st Dibs, Martha Stewart and a large representation of socialites brushed shoulders with me (a rare privilege for them, I’m sure.)
As the personalities posed for New York Times social photographer Patrick McMullan, I strolled the fair solo sipping my cocktail while exploring the 30 vendors that offered a wide range of items dating from 1750 to the present day, among which I uncovered some fabulous finds.
Large 20th century iron sculpture by unknown artist from Rose Garden Antiques.
Ornate 18th century garden ornaments filled the space beside sleek contemporary garden sculptures while American antique garden furniture mingled with French, English, Belgian, Swedish, and Italian selections. Botanical prints hung out next to folk art, but of course my favorites were the eclectic indoor/outdoor pieces.
Fogg, who crafts his wares using no forms or molds, told me he is experimenting with integrating copper within some concrete pieces like an outdoor bench. From the small round sample he shared, I could visualize a stunning addition to his already cool collection.
Other contemporary artists exhibited for the first time at the show included Tom Gottsleben, John Hardacre, C.A. Johnson, Jeff Kahn, and Kim Dickey, daughter of garden designer and author Paige Dickey.
It was hard to pull myself away from two unusual Salterini pieces from Joan Bogart Antiques. Produced in Brooklyn from 1928 to 1953, Salterini wrought-iron outdoor furniture designs borrowed from Gothic Revival and Art Deco. Although I’d seen some Salterini garden furniture and sconces before (the clamshell chairs could be from today), I’d never seen anything like the life size rare circa 1930 wrought iron tree planter in Joan Bogart’s collection, above.
Here’s how the ingenious design works: after hooking a garden hose to the planter’s trunk, pressure pulls the water up to the top where it rains out spraying the numerous five inch pots held in the planter’s branches. Can’t you just picture it on an urban patio? I can, and I’m lusting for this piece.
Then there were the indoor pieces that slipped outside into the outdoor room. The effervescent duo Tim and Dave from Brennan & Mouilleseaux tempted me with a fantastic 1940s oversized chandelier, above, dripping with turquoise beads that were added in the 1960s. They’d replaces the old lampshades with some mercury glass ones for a bit of extra bling that perfectly completed the fixture. More lust here as I can imagine it hanging in my own covered patio space.
The very convivial Estepp engaged me and educated me about his many unusual found objects like the vintage folk house model made of thread spools, above, which Martha snapped a photo of just after I did.
Some very nice furniture from Barbara Israel Garden Antiques caught my eye. Israel, one of the fair’s chairmen, also had a very nice French circa 1900 set of curved wrought iron settee and armchairs, below.
And if you like as I do the textures and colors of rusted metal, there was plenty to be found. Finnegan Gallery from Chicago was offering a rare early 19th century English Regency rusted wrought iron plant stand, below.
Beside the plant stand was a wonderful late 19th century Italian garden table whose rich green and orange patina texture looked fabulous with the violet buds beside it.
I spotted this giant antique cork screw, below, and unfortunately can’t find whose it was, so if anyone knows, please comment below. The cork screw could be perfect for a wall above a bar, or anywhere really. Pure fun.
Visit The Garden Garden Sculpture and Antiques Fair 1750-2013 from April 26th to April 28th, from 10-5 daily to explore the following dealers:
Antique American Wicker
Joan Bogart Antiques
Brennan and Mouilleseaux Antiques
Dawn Hill Antiques
Scott Estepp Gallery
French Country Living Antiques Ltd.
Barbara Israel Garden Antiques
Anthony Kavanaugh Period Garden Ornaments
Judith and James Milne At Home Antiques
Aileen Minor Antiques
Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper, LLC
Francis J. Purcell,Inc.
R.T. Facts Antiques The Red Horse Antiques
Rose Garden Antiques and Design
Schorr and Dobinsky
Shop in the Garden
Linda Howard Stein
Telescopes of Vermont
Village Braider Antiques
Bob and Debbie Withington Antiques
Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens.