Once again, Barbara Israel will be bringing some of her best stuff to the Winter Antiques Show, which opens on Jan. 24. Here are the details her publicist, Katy Keiffer:
New York, NY: Barbara Israel Garden Antiques returns to the 60th East Side House Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory from January 24th through February 2nd. Occupying her customary central location on the show floor, Israel will be offering a tantalizing selection of garden ornament that is sure to make any winter doldrums disappear.
Set against a backdrop of a sparkling mountain cascade, this year’s selection of objects includes a number of water-themed features for gardens including a French cast-iron fountain, and a dazzling water nymph that will be attended by a larger-than-life-size carp and a brawny Merman.
The ca. 1844 English “Coade Stone” figure of a reclining nymph, or “naiad”, is one of the most important ornaments Israel has ever offered. Semi-draped with one arm resting on an urn and the other in the air supporting her robe, the statue bears the signature of the manufacturer H. Bentley. The date identifies it as post-1840 when the Coade firm closed its doors. The naiad is considered a late model after an original mid-18th-century piece by John Bacon, an early designer for the firm. The Coade firm sold its molds in 1843; it is conceivable that Mr. Bentley purchased the Naiad mold at this time.
The French fountain being brought to the show is a charming ca. 1870 cast-iron cherub, holding a fish piped for water, standing in a scalloped tazza. The fountain figure is stamped “A. Durenne Sommevoire”, identifying it as a piece from one of France’s preeminent foundries.
Israel will also be exhibiting a fine English demi-lune lead cistern, ca 1900, featuring a central laurel wreath surrounding a portrait of King Edward I (1239-1307) in armored regalia and on horseback. Above his portrait is the phrase “Edward I Keeps Troth”, also found on his tomb in Westminster. Edward I, was also know as Edward Longshanks for his tall stature (for the period).
Another highlight is a superb pair of English Coade Stone recumbent greyhounds, ca. 1830. These dogs are a true pair wearing collars and lying on integral bases with their tails on opposite sides. Greyhounds of this type are very popular and are stamped with the factory mark “COADE’S”.
Among the figural statues is a beautiful zinc figure of Diana de Gabii, circa 1850, after the 1st-century marble original, excavated from the Borghese estate in Gabii in the late 19th-century. The marble original inspired many generations of replicas after it was brought to Paris in the late 19th century by Napoleon Bonaparte and installed in the Louvre. The quality of casting in this zinc example is outstanding and, though neither stamped nor marked, Israel is comfortable with its attribution to the fabled German foundry, Geiss.
For more photographs and information on our presence at the Winter Antiques Show, visit our website Winter Antiques Show Preview page or our Facebook page. Or contact Katy Keiffer at 917-250-7135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.