Specializing in reproduction garden ornaments that bespeak a certain splendor, London-based antiques dealer Will Fisher sells his collection of statuary urns through his company Jamb. Every garden should have a pond, Fisher believes, and punctuate the views with a pair of stone lions or perhaps sphinxes, if you have them lying about. He makes a persuasive case for it:
For more information, go to Jamb.
Above: Describing a Medici Urn as “large” seems an understatement in this case, as it is 116.5 inches tall and 43 7/8 inches wide. Scaled for a grand garden, it has “a carved relief depicting the legend of Iphigenia.” Inspired by the classicism of Roman ruins, Giovanni Battista Piranesi published a drawing of this vase in 1762. It is £25,000.
Says Fisher, “I have always loved overscaled objects. Architectural monumental bookcases at the back of rooms looming over the surroundings like a Roman skyline. Vastly deep sofas give a sense of luxury whilst monumental sculpture adds an unsurpassed grandness.”
Above: A Pair of Sphinxes (recumbent) “are in the manner of the Regency Egyptian revival” and are £5,800.
Above: A stone Blashfield Urn on a raised and fluted pedestal is a reproduction based on an urn from the 1850s by J.M. Blashfield; it’s £3,600.
Above: The half-round Pot Stand of our dreams: four gracious tiers and splayed legs. It’s £950.
Where to throw yourself down to enjoy the view? For a gracious garden bench, see High/Low: Which Chippendale Would you Choose?