The Daily Telegraph - Saturday
Amazing garden antiques up for auction in May
This Medusa stone head fountain, commissioned by the late fashion designer Gianni Versace, is one of many unique items being offered in a sale of garden statues and ornaments from the collection of Dutch antique dealer Piet Jonker. The ornamental and sculptural works are housed on the 18th-century country estate of De Lindenhoff, near Abcoude in the Netherlands. The sale will be live and can be viewed via a live stream to British
and from her own garden in Oxfordshire says: “Our most popular purchase is from our selection of border forks. Small, light and nippy, they let you get in among the plants. Our tools are full of character and have already been run in for you; the quality of the old steel is second to none and their design has never really been bettered.” auctioneer Dreweatts on Thursday, May 6.
A unique limestone 20th-century sculpture of a brain is Piet Jonker’s favourite piece in the sale. From a private collection, this special commission was created by Italian sculptor Massimo Sarantonello. It is naturalistically modelled with distinct cerebral cortex detailing. A statement piece, it is estimated to fetch £10,000-£15,000. For further information visit dreweatts. com; 01635 553 553.
Whatever your garden style, you can find unusual, unique and often handmade items to turn your outdoor space, however small, into a spot that reflects your personality and taste.
You’ll stand out from the crowd, maybe find a bargain and above all enjoy the hunt in markets, in shops and online.