Primitive French Washerwoman's Console Table in Pine

Primitive French Washerwoman's Console Table in Pine

Originally used by French housewives to scrub laundry down by their local river or lake, tables such as these are now very difficult to find in France, as they are immediately snapped up for their elegant, simple form, worn tabletop surfaces, and sturdy construction. This is a beauty and has an unusual asymmetric top, where we believe the short piece was replaced in the mid-20th Century. With simple nails + mortise and tenon construction, hand-planed legs, and pleasingly rough top, the simple beauty shines through. It would be wonderful as a console in a monastic contemporary loft or can be used outside as a serving table. Very Axel Vervoordt! Please note that because this table was hand-made, there are slight variations in dimensions noted below. For clarity, the table measures 31.5 inches high at one end, 31.25 inches high at the centerpoint, and 31 inches high at the other end. The top measures 13.5 inches deep, but the legs extend outwards, making the overall depth of the table 18.5 inches.

France, CA 1900

H: 31-31.5 in W: 58.5 in D (top): 13.5 in D (legs): 18.5 in

Price:  $2,600

Ref: FTC 1019

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Large Round French Galvanized Tub Planter or Fountain with Handles

Large Round French Galvanized Tub Planter or Fountain with Handles

We love galvanized pieces because of their resistance to rust, as well as their steel grey/blue patina. This tub is a beauty and very utilitarian because of its large size. It’s large enough to place a recirculating pump inside with a flume of water and water plants to hide the pump, or it would make a magnificent centrally-placed planter and can accommodate a profusion of blooms, topiary, or both. You could also use it for parties as a drinks cooler as it has a drain hole in the bottom that is easy to plug with a cork. In very good condition overall, it does have some minor dents commensurate with age and usage. The opposing handles are a real plus, as it makes carrying this piece around the garden a breeze, plus adds a decorative touch.

France, CA 1950s

H: 19.75 in Diameter without handles: 36.25 in Diameter with handles: 41.5 in

Price:  $1,250

Ref: CPL 1175

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Pair of Weathered English Cast Stone Pineapple Finials

Pair of Weathered English Cast Stone Pineapple Finials

We’re always in search of pineapple or acorn finials and this pair is truly lovely. With a beautiful grey patina overall that is darker on the top, they would make an impressive statement atop a stone wall flanking the entrance to your garden, on a long dining table to bring the outdoors in, or on different height pedestals for a more tailored look. One is in perfect condition, while the other has a small hairline crack to the joint where the socle meets the underside of the pineapple (see last photo). It is barely visible and very stable with no wobble, but we can have it repaired for you for a modest up-charge if it worries you.

England, CA 1960s.

H: 24 in  Diameter: 13 in  Foot: 11.5 in square

Price:  $3,400, the pair

Ref: FBF 1066

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Pair of Large English Cast Stone Ball Gate Pier Finials #1

Pair of Large English Cast Stone Ball Gate Pier Finials #1

For all of you who’ve been bugging us about finding ball-top finials, here they are and we have two pairs…this one and FBF 1067B. In fabulous condition with a patina to die for, they have loads of moss, lichen, and some residual vines, and would make an impressive statement on the entrance gate piers to your home or garden. Priced and sold by the pair.

England, CA 1970s

H: 20 in D: 26 in W: 26 in Balls 12 in diameter

Price:  $6,800 per pair

Ref: FBF 1067 A

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Pair of Large English Cast Stone Ball Gate Pier Finials #2

Pair of Large English Cast Stone Ball Gate Pier Finials #2

For all of you who’ve been bugging us about finding ball-top finials, here they are and we have two pairs…this one and FBF 1067A. In fabulous condition with a patina to die for, they have loads of moss, lichen, and some residual vines, and would make an impressive statement on the entrance gate piers to your home or garden. Priced and sold by the pair.

England, CA 1970s

H: 20 in D: 26 in W: 26 in Balls 12 in diameter

Price:  $6,800 per pair.

Ref: FBF 1067 B

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Large Hand Carved 18th Century French Limestone Trough with Patina

Large Hand Carved 18th Century French Limestone Trough with Patina

One of the finest troughs sourced on our most recent buying trip to France, this stunning hand carved limestone trough is in excellent antique condition and features a fabulous patina with heavy lichen in white, yellow and orange. It has no cracks or repairs and is water-tight. Interior depth is 15.35 inches. Place it in your garden filled with water plants and maybe even a few small koi for a stunning display. There is an original and rusted-through drainpipe on the exterior of one of the short sides that we can cut and remove for you prior to shipping. Please note that in cold winter climates, the trough must be drained and covered, and we recommend that you install it on a concrete slab to prevent sinking and water wicking from the bottom, as it weighs about 2500 lbs.

France, CA 1790

H: 20.75 in D: 35 in W: 63.75 ID: 15.5 in

Price:  $12,500

Ref: CTR 1027

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Enormous-Scale Hand-Made English Wooden Camel-Back Bench

Enormous-Scale Hand-Made English Wooden Camel-Back Bench

There are no adequate words to describe the beauty and scale of this extraordinary English wooden bench, hand-made from ash, oak, and sycamore. At over nine feet in width and five feet in height, two people can comfortably sit lengthwise and never touch feet. Six people can sit on it with room to spare. The stunning natural silver and brown patina is a bit lighter than in these photos, which were taken after a rainstorm. Striking from all angles, the bench is extremely solid and with no wobble, and would be magnificent placed in a woodland garden or at the end of a large allée where an over-sized piece is required. Weighing in at around 350-400 lbs, this piece has recently been treated with a water repellant and will give you decades of pleasure, accompanied by the “WOW” factor. Truy, a one-of-a-kind piece, but please install the feet on pieces of stone or concrete footings to prevent sinking and erosion if it’s going outside. It would also make an incredible statement piece in a large hallway or dining room.

England, CA 1930.

H: 60 in D: 34 in W: 110 in Seat Ht: 20 in

Price:  $18,000

Ref: FBE 1085

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Pair of French Wrought Iron Beaux Arts-Style Gates with Mounting Hardware #2

Pair of French Wrought Iron Beaux Arts-Style Gates with Mounting Hardware #2

We found these gates in Provence, along with an identical, but slightly smaller pair (POR 1059) that come complete with their hinges and mounting hardware, to make installation a snap. Beautifully wrought with a curved top and loads of sensuous scrolls, these would be perfect as access gates to your side or back garden. In older green paint with some mild surface rusting, they have an ingenious fastening mechanism at the top that lifts up to open and securely fastens when you want them closed (shown in photos #5-6). Please note that in the last photo, this pair of gates is on the right, with the slightly smaller pair on the left. Priced and sold as a pair. The overall dimensions are listed below, but the gates themselves (without the mounting hardware) measure 38” wide when abutted.

France, CA 1930s

H: 52.5 in D: 1.0 in W: 41 in

Price:  $3,800

Ref: POR 1060

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Pair of French Wrought Iron Beaux Arts-Style Gates with Mounting Hardware #1

Pair of French Wrought Iron Beaux Arts-Stye Gates with Mounting Hardware #1

We found these gates in Provence, along with an identical, but slightly larger pair (POR 1060) that come complete with their hinges and mounting hardware, to make installation a snap. Beautifully wrought with a curved top and loads of sensuous scrolls, these would be perfect as access gates to your side or back garden. In older green paint with some mild surface rusting, they have an ingenious fastening mechanism at the top that lifts up to open and securely fastens when you want them closed (shown in photos #7-9). Please note that in the last photo, this pair of gates is on the left, with the slightly larger set on the right. Priced and sold as a pair. The overall dimensions are listed below, but the gates themselves (without the mounting hardware) measure 31.5” wide when abutted.

France, CA 1930s

H: 51.5 in D: 0.83 in W: 34.25 in

Price:  $3,500

Ref: POR 1059

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SOLD

Large Pair of French Scalloped-Top Planters in Old Green Wash

We’ve never seen this form of planter before and they make an impressive statement indeed! Sculpted from concrete over an iron armature, these have good age and their commodious planting wells, each with four drain holes, will allow you to plant topiary, small trees, or a profuse display of flowers and trailing vines. In excellent structural condition, there is a small, fully-weathered chip to one top corner that does not detract from the overall appearance. With a lovely faded green wash to the outside surface, scalloped top edges, and decorative bullnose detailing, they would look magnificent flanking the entrance to your home or on the corners of a terrace or pool. Please note that each weighs about 300 pounds, and they can be left outside in all climates, provided you empty the planting wells in harsh winters and keep the drain-holes open for added protection against the freeze-thaw cycle.

France, CA 1940s

H: 27.75 in D: 28.13 in W: 28.13

Price: SOLD

Ref: CPL 1169

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French Cast Stone and Iron White Flamingo

French Cast Stone and Iron White Flamingo

We jumped at the chance to buy this grouping of four French flamingos and a heron (shown in the last two photos), and this is the white flamingo. Made of cast stone with iron legs, and very solid, he cuts a dashing figure, in spite of the recent, but attractively-done, painted surface. Note the iron legs that cleverly meld into the hand-painted splayed feet on the base. In excellent condition with no cracks, breaks or repairs, he would lend a whimsical note to your garden, alone or grouped with the other flamingos.

France, CA 1980

H: 33.38 in D: 14 in W: 9 in; Base: W: 12.5 in D: 9 in

Price:  $1,050

Ref: SAN 1085

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SOLD

Life-Sized English Cast Stone Fox

We love animal figures of all types and sizes and this beauty of a fox doesn’t disappoint. Made of cast stone and sporting his original tawny glass eyes, this figure is realistically posed in a semi-crouched position, resting on two delicate paws with his tail swept underneath him. He has a lovely weathered patina and moss around his tail that will continue to develop if placed in a damp and shady spot. In excellent condition with no breaks, cracks or repairs, we suggest bringing him inside in harsh winters, or placing him on a piece of stone and covering him. Foxes are a rare find, especially one of this quality and condition.

England, CA 1970

H: 15.88 in D: 9.25 in W: 26.25 in

Price:  SOLD

Ref: SAN 1081

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Weathered French Hand-Carved Limestone Cherub Head

Weathered French Hand-Carved Limestone Cherub Head

Although there is a date of 1861 incised below the face, we know this piece is much earlier from its form and carving detail. We believe she originally was embedded in a wall over a doorway and could be so again. However, she would also make a lovely garden accent, perched against a tree base, or converted into a piece of sculpture atop a tall pole for the garden. Alternatively, imagine her atop a large table or desk indoors as an objet d’art, on a short museum mount (but half the backside would need to be removed because of weight). Regardless, she makes a very beautiful and unusual statement.

France, CA 15th-16th Century

H: 14.17 in D: 7.8 in W: 14.17 in

Price:  $3,800

Ref: SHE 1007

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SOLD

Very Long French Lichened Teak Bench, Signed Paris

The lichened surface on this estate-sized bench is truly amazing and takes many decades to achieve this perfect patina. At almost 8 feet long, it would be wonderful in front of a long, deep border or for outdoor dining. In excellent structural condition, it has no wobbles or sags and will give you decades of pleasure. Please note that this bench does not need to be covered or brought inside, even in the harshest of winters.

We have a large complementary teak table that will seat 8-10 (FTD 1029), but the bench is slightly longer than the table, so we are selling it separately from the table. Both would do well on a deck or lawn overlooking the ocean or lake, where no one wants their back to the view! Please note that seat height is 16.25 inches.

France, CA 1970

H: 35.5 in D: 23.5 in W: 93.13 SH: 16.25 in

Price: SOLD

Ref: FBE 1067

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Pair of English Lichen-Encrusted Lutyens-Style Benches in Teak

Pair of English Lichen-Encrusted Lutyens-Style Benches in Teak

Elegant and classical without being fussy, Lutyens benches are always a hit with our clients. Perfect in a formal garden or up against a simple green hedge, and originally designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1910, these are particularly notable for their amazing lichen-encrusted surface. Although one bench has more lichen than the other, they both are stand-outs and in excellent structural condition. The photos were taken just after our cherry trees dropped their blossoms, so the pink petals brush off. Lutyens benches were originally made in two lengths and this is the shorter of the two sizes. Feel free to leave these outside and uncovered in all climates year-round and they will only become more beautiful over time.

England, CA 1970s-1980s

H: 49.5 in D: 18.5 in W: 65 in

Price:  $7,600, the pair

Ref: FBE 1088

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Enormous Handmade Wooden Alsatian Wine Tubs

Enormous Handmade Wooden Alsatian Wine Tubs

We've had plenty of wooden wine tubs before, but these are just sensational. Handmade of pine and with their original wrought iron hoops, they are in all original, as-found condition with no drain holes as of now (but we can drill them if you like). From a vineyard in the far-eastern French province of Alsace, they have an amazing darkened rustic patina and were originally used to mash the grapes by foot. We have two, each of which differs very slightly in size, but close enough to make a pair of exceptional planters or above-ground herb or vegetable gardens. Solid and without wobble, they can withstand any climate, but if you are going to plant them, we would suggest liners to keep the wood intact for decades to come. They also could be used as rustic soaking tubs or topped with a piece of stone or glass for a large tasting table in your wine cellar. Their tapering oval shape gives them additional interest. One measures 54 inches wide x 38.5" deep (front to back) x 28.75 inches high with an interior height of 26.25 inches. The second one measures 53.25 inches wide x 37.75 inches deep (front to back) x 28.75 high with an interior height of 25.5 inches. Please note that there are two available and we have priced them individually.

France, CA 1930

H: 28.75 in D: 38.5 in W: 54 in

Price:  $2,950 each

Ref: CPL 1174 A, B

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Large Domed Willy Guhl Dog House with Pan

Large Domed Willy Guhl Dog House with Pan

It's rare to see Willy Guhl dog houses, but we've never come across one with its original pan before. Originally made in two sizes, this is the larger of the two. This one is a beauty, loaded with moss and lichen, and in very good condition overall. The house itself has been skim-coated with a rough cement-like compound that has worn away in some places, but this only adds to the overall patina and effect. Large enough to house a medium-sized dog, give your four-legged family member a stunning gift that works in any contemporary or mid-century setting. Please note that there is a small chip to the front right corner of the dog house, and the pan has a missing piece shown in the photos. Made of lightweight and durable fiber cement, this piece can be left outside year-round, but we would site the pan on stone or gravel. The dog house alone measures 38.25 inches wide x 29.08 inches deep x 31 inches high, while the pan measures 39.25 inches wide x 30.5 inches deep x 2.75 inches high (including the interior lip). Overall dimensions for the two pieces assembled are listed below.

France, CA 1960

H: 31.25 in D: 30.5 in W: 39.25 in

Price:  $3,200

Ref: FDH 1001

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Pair of Tall 19th C French Wrought Iron Gates

Pair of Tall 19th C French Wrought Iron Gates

Yes, we do have a thing for gates, particularly early and high-quality ones like this tall pair of hand-wrought iron gates that date to around 1830. Their size, intricate detailing, and romantic feel make them the perfect sentinels for your enclosed garden or they would look equally well mounted on stone gate piers at the entrance to your home. In excellent condition, they have no breaks, cracks, replaced parts or repairs, and presently sport slightly-chippy white paint that is perhaps 30 years old, with small bits of surface rust showing through. A latch would need to be fashioned in order to keep them closed, and they do not have hinges, but are an easy mount with pre-drilled holes near the top and bottom. If you are not keen on the white paint, they can be sandblasted and repainted to your custom specifications for a modest upcharge. Please note that the dimensions below are for the 2 pieces when they abut each other.

France, CA 1830

H: 76.38 in D: 0.63 in W: 70.76 in

Price:  $6,200, the pair.

Ref: POR 1056

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SOLD

French 19th C Hand-Carved Stone Capital Sundial

Reputedly from the Chateau de Cieurac in the Southwest of France, this stunning capital is elaborately carved with medieval figures on all four sides. Featuring wrought iron Roman numerals and gnomon (pointer) that we believe were added later, the sundial would look great in any small low garden, perched atop a short pedestal and surrounded by dwarf boxwood or a ring of short annuals. Dating to the early 19th century, and carved from the iron-laden limestone found in the Lot region of France, it is in very good condition overall, with the normal natural fissures to the stone shown in the photos and age-appropriate weathering. We recommend you cover this piece over the winter in harsh climates or bring it indoors. Please note that while the height of the capital itself is 14.5 inches, it measures 21 inches high with the gnomon. Minor chipping to capital commensurate with age and use.

France, CA 1820.

H: 14.5 in D: 15.75 in W: 16.25 in

Price:  SOLD

Ref: SUN 1011

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'Still Life with Quinces'

'Still Life with Quinces' by Stefaan Eyckmans

Oil on panel, signed and dated 2013. French handmade wooden Delf frame, black with silver leaf. 

Unframed: H: 35.4 in W: 40.6 in

Framed: H: 44.1 in W: 49.2 in D: 1.5 in

Sold framed.

Price:  $30,000

Ref: SE 1022

Quinces are a symbol of fertility, and for the artist, they’re adored for their voluptuous, irregular shape. To him, imperfect fruits are more realistic, more truthful, and most beautiful. In this large composition, the bright, primary coloring of the quinces is heightened by their placement in front of the vintage oil can and wine bottle; all rendered in intricate detail via skillful shadowing. Note the contrasts of light that achieve a sense of volume in the objects, particularly in the folds of the linen and in the 16th century earthenware colander holding the quinces. The starkness of the few objects within a considerable negative space is Contemporary Realism at its purest, where traditional aspects of the painting express current-day characteristics.

This painting is available for viewing at The Elemental Garden, the artist’s exclusive representative and gallery in the U.S.

Stefaan Eyckmans was born in Niel, Belgium, a brickyard village in the shadow of Antwerp. The son of Louis Eyckmans, a painter and commercial artist, Stefaan was introduced to the tools of drawing and painting at an early age.

During his student days, Stefaan was strongly influenced by the Flemish Primitives, the great 17th century still life painters, and the Antwerp hyperrealist movement, led by Willem Dolphyn. Later, Stefaan's work shows the impact of Henk Helmantel's impasto technique and the austere compositions of Giorgio Morandi.

After completing his education as a graphic designer and illustrator, Stefaan worked for a time in advertising, simultaneously concentrating more and more on his painting. He soon discovered that he was forever drawn to the silent world of the studio where patient observation and exacting style allowed him to slowly build his timeless compositions...paintings that serve as an antidote to our stressful computer-dominated lifestyles.

After years of experimenting with numerous media and materials, Stefaan developed a tonal technique employed by the Old Masters that incorporates common everyday objects with modern materials and colors, resulting in Contemporary Realism with its roots in 17th and 18th century traditional painting. 

The simple objects in Stefaan's paintings are transformed by his masterful technique to show us their unexpected beauty. Essential to this effect is the interaction of light and dark, multi-layering, and glazing. The result is a powerful and beautiful whole, strong and alive, that initially attracts the viewer from a distance through color, composition, and lighting, but which is fully revealed only upon examination of each painting's intimate details.

Stefaan has exhibited at numerous prestigious international venues and his paintings are on permanent display at galleries in the US, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Stefaan's patrons include collectors around the world, from museum CEOs to captains of industry to designers to art-lovers everywhere, each of whom finds unrivaled beauty and peace in his paintings.

More details are available upon request.

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