From Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, 2013, The New York Botanical Garden hosts its 21st
annual garden ornament show, newly titled the Garden Sculpture & Antiques Fair: 1750–2013. Visitors
can enjoy the Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The country’s original, largest, and most important venue for authentic garden antiques has been expanded this year to include antique through contemporary sculpture and furniture for the garden,
and garden-related art for the home. More than 30 leading exhibitors plus contemporary artists
specializing in garden sculpture will offer their finest pieces. The Fair is a must for leading collectors and
designers as well as buyers seeking expert advice.
The fair opens with a Benefit Preview Party and Collectors’ Plant Sale on Thursday, April 25th, Kim Dickey, A Bride Stripped Bare, from 6 to 8 p.m. 1stdibs® is the event sponsor for the glazed stoneware
Preview Party. All proceeds from the Garden Sculpture & Antiques Fair: 1750–2013 Preview Party & Collectors’ Plant Sale directly support the work of the curators and gardeners who are responsible for making The New York Botanical Garden one of the most important horticultural showplaces in the world.
Admission to the Garden Sculpture & Antiques Fair on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is included with
the All-Garden Pass. Experts will offer tours and presentations daily, highlighting garden sculpture
inspired by nature, the use of sculpture to display floral arrangements, and the history and construction
of faux bois pieces. They will also discuss trends in the appreciation and acquisition of garden ornament
and discuss the new art on display as well as assist buyers looking for the perfect piece to complement
a garden, landscape, or interior. Complimentary tea and wine tastings are held in the entrance tent, and
special activities are offered for very young collectors throughout the weekend fair.
Visitors to the Fair can browse and buy unique antiques and classic through contemporary sculpture
including fountains, sundials, kinetic sculpture, garden telescopes, statues, bird baths, gates, garden
benches, antique wicker, urns and planters, botanical prints and contemporary watercolors, and
New exhibitors include Arader Galleries of New York and Philadelphia; Pagoda Red of Chicago, Illinois; Anthony Kavanaugh Period Garden Ornaments of Aiken County, South Carolina; Telescopes of Vermont of Norwich, Vermont; Scott Estepp Gallery of Cincinnati, Ohio; Scotch Plains, New Jersey-based Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper LLC; Virginia Korteweg of River Edge, New Jersey; and Colette Donovan of Merrimacport, Massachusetts.
With the extension of the Fair’s datelines to 2013, the Fair introduces contemporary artists for the first time this year with works installed in a sculpture garden inside the tent as well as just outside it. Participating artists include ceramic artist (and daughter of garden designer and author Paige Dickey) Kim Dickey; Michael Fogg, a sculptor working in the historic faux bois technique; Tom Gottsleben, (courtesy of the Elena Zang Gallery) who works with glass, bluestone, and other organic materials;
John Hardacre, who designs contemporary armillary spheres and metal furniture; C. A. Johnson, who works in cast stone; and Jeff Kahn, who creates kinetic sculptures.
Sculpture highlights include an early 19th-century English Shepherd and Shepherdess lead garden statue on cast stone plinths at Aileen Minor Antiques. This sculpture was created after John Cheere (1707–87), the from The Temple of Flora, eminent 18th-century lead figure maker. Barbara Israel Garden Antiques showcases a ca. 1890 continental bronze boy sculpture. This exceptional bronze figure portrays a jubilant youth gazing downward, his fluid pose suggesting movement with one arm upswept and one leg crossed in front of the other. Rose Garden Antiques will exhibit two exceptional contemporary works by Casey Schwarz: the pink marble Astral Body and the white marble Reclining Torso.
French Country Living Antiques, Ltd., has a 19th-century Pierre Jules Mene sculpture titled Amazon on Horseback. New exhibitor Pagoda Red showcases a ca. 1800 tall fu dog Chinese limestone sculpture with
stylistic influence from the Yuan Dynasty period in Northern China. R.T. Facts Antiques will showcase a 19th-century terracotta sculpture of a recumbent bloodhound by Edward Kerneys.
Architectural ornament includes a modernist bronze screen with pod forms, brought by Village Braider Antiques. French Country Living Antiques has a pair of oak carriage doors (ca. 1820) from a château in the Loire valley. Rose Garden Antiques and Design shows an American wrought-iron gate with a butterfly motif on its panels, ca. 1940.
Urns at the Fair include Judith and James Milne At Home Antiques’ spectacular example with braid detail, and Balsamo Antiques’ ca. 1820 Campania urn on plinth from Dawn Hill Antiques displays a
pair of ca. 1920 cast-iron, self-watering urns that were manufactured by Aluminum, Stainless Steel,
the renowned Stewart Iron Works Company of Ohio.
Francis J. Purcell, Inc., exhibits an impressive selection of garden ornament by J.W. Fiske, including a
ca. 1880 large cast-iron urn. The Red Horse Antiques has a pair of turn of the century sculptural
iron urns with a weathered finish.
A leader in botanical art, Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper, LLC, specializes in works by
contemporary botanical artists. Highlights are Jean Emmons’ watercolor Hibiscus and Karen Klugein’s
Faded Coral Charm (Paeonia lactiflora).
The Garden Sculpture & Antiques Fair takes place in a tent amid the flowering trees, plants, and shrubs outside the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The fee of $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $7 for
children for an All-Garden Pass includes access to the Fair, Botanical Garden grounds, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and a Tram Tour. Advance tickets are available online at nybg.org
Preview Party ticket prices start at $200 per person and offer enthusiasts and collectors the opportunity to view the antiques and plants, make early purchases, and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For Preview Party tickets and information, please call 718.817.8885.
The Garden Sculpture & Antiques Fair is the ideal venue for learning about garden sculpture and antiques and building personal collections. On-site shippers are available to assist with Tri-State deliveries throughout the Fair and other shipping needs.
Spring Season sponsored by MetLife Foundation.
The Preview Party is underwritten in part by Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan
with additional support from Mish New York and Mr. and Mrs. Coleman P. Burke.
The Preview Party is sponsored by 1stdibs®.