'Pomegranates'

'Pomegranates’ by Stefaan Eyckmans

Oil on Panel, signed and dated 2015. French handmade Delf wooden frame, dark bronze patina with gold leaf.

Unframed size: H: 7.9 in W: 13.8 in

Framed size: H: 15.3 in W: 21.2 in

Sold framed.

Price:  $4,950

Ref: SE 1044

Since antiquity, the pomegranate, with its many seed in one fruit, has been a classical symbol of fertility. It was later adopted by the Catholic Church to represent ecclesiastical authority. Here, they command the viewer’s attention because of their deep carmine color, unique shape, and textural richness. Executed in a strong chiaroscuro, this close-up examination of the objective beauty of pomegranates resonates with a decidedly contemporary feel, all contained within a small and difficult-to-execute painting.

It is available for viewing at The Elemental Garden in Woodbury, CT and may be shipped on approval with prior, fully-refundable payment and non-refundable shipping costs. Must be returned in original condition and original packing materials.

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.

CONTACT US: tracey@theelementalgarden.com

Large Pointed Vasque Planter by Willy Guhl in Stand

Large Pointed Vase Planter by Willy Guhl in Stand

This very large planter, designed by the iconic Willy Guhl and made by Eternit of Switzerland, is a very rare piece indeed. WIth its wide-sloping conical form, it is best displayed in a three-legged steel stand that we have had custom made for it. Featuring a mottled and chipped dark green painted patina on the outside, the planter has a beautiful weathered patina around the edge and is ready to plant with a profuse array of grasses or annuals for a striking focal point in your garden. Please note that there is a new repair to a full-thickness crack that was there when we bought it, but it is now as good as new. There are also some very minor chips to the edge commensurate with age and use. Made of fiber cement, a lightweight and durable material, this planter works well in all climates, but we do suggest you empty it and turn upside down in harsh winter areas.

Please note that the planter alone measures 46.75” diameter x 15.5“ high, while the stand measures 24” diameter x 21“ inches high. When the two are assembled, the overall height is 29“.

Switzerland, CA 1960

Overall H: 29 in Diameter: 46.75 in

Price:  $3,600

Ref: CPL 1159

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Two French Mid-Century Modern Steel Benches

Two French Mid-Century Modern Steel Benches

When we bought these distinctive steel benches in France, we thought they were a pair, but once we started photographing, we noticed that the perforated holes on the left-side bench are just a shade smaller than the ones on the right side (see photos 15 and 16). Nonetheless, unless they are placed tightly side-by-side, none but you will be the wiser. In old white crusty paint with remnants of green underpainting, they would be stunning in a contemporary garden or on the terrace or deck of a modern home. Supremely comfortable with canted backs, we can always have them sandblasted and repainted or powder-coated to your custom specifications for a modest upcharge. Please note that although we would prefer to sell them as a pair, we have listed the price per bench, in case you want just one.

France, CA 1950

H: in D: in

Price:  $1,950 per bench

Ref: FBE 1082 a, b

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French Carved Limestone Curly-Coated Spaniel Dog Statue

French Carved Limestone Curly-Coated Spaniel Dog Statue

What a beauty! The intricate detailing of the spaniel's coat and the anticipatory expression on his face, his head lifted to his owner, is simply marvelous. In excellent condition, he has a coat of greening from being exposed to damp shade that will only continue to mature and develop into moss if he is kept in contact with damp earth. You can see details of the figure in both bright sunlight and in damp shade in the photos below. A perfect addition to your garden or placed atop a step to your home, he is a must-have for any spaniel owners. Please note that as he is hand-carved of limestone, he should be brought inside in harsh winter climates.

France, CA 1970

H: 19.25 in D: 11.63 in W: 22.88 in

Price:  $2,600

Ref: SAN 1079

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Very Long French Rustic Console Table in Pine

Very Long French Rustic 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 one of the most lovely tops we've seen in many a year. 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 Veervordt!

France, CA 1880

H: 32 in D: 15.5 in W: 92.5

Price:  $2,800

Ref: FTC 1018

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Pair of Large Biomorphic Planters by Willy Guhl

Pair of Large Willy Guhl Biomorphic Planters by Willy Guhl

Biomorphic planters are our personal favorites inasmuch as they resemble taco shells and have substantial planting wells. Designed by the iconic Willy Guhl in the 1960s and made by Eternit, SA of durable and lightweight fiber cement, these beauties will work in all climates. This pair has a lovely patina with lichen and look stunning potted up with wavy perennials or mounded moss for a Zen-look. Mix and match with some of the plethora of other Willy Guhl planters of all shapes and sizes that we were fortunate enough to source on our most recent buying trip. Please note that there are a couple of minor well-weathered chips to the rim of the one without the orange lichen, but these do not impair look or function. We also have another four of these biomorphic planters for sale (Stock # CPL 1114) should you need six.

Switzerland, CA 1970

H: 14 in Diameter: 31.75 in

Price:  $4,600, the pair

Ref: CPL 1172

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French Hand Carved Stone Head of the Virgin from the Croix Rouge, Lyon, France

French Hand Carved Stone Head of the Virgin from the Croix Rouge, Lyon, France

We normally don't buy religious pieces, but the skill of carving, the depth of her serenity, and the large size made us reconsider this outstanding piece. Sourced from the Croix Rouge (Red Cross) in Lyon during a renovation, and dating to the early 19th century, this piece makes an exceptional focal point outside in the garden or inside on a museum mount. The brown fibers on the statue are moss that will green up, if she is placed directly in contact with the earth and left in a damp and shady spot. The carving is sensational with her wavy hair and closed eyes, and her face is in perfect weathered condition. Although made of a hard white limestone, we recommend that you bring her indoors in harsh winter climates.

France, CA 1820

H: 18.5 in D: 19.5 in W: 18.75 in

Price:  $5,600

Ref: SHE 1008

CONTACT US: tracey@theelementalgarden.com

Small English Lichen-Encrusted Teak Bench

Small English Lichen-Encrusted Teak Bench

We were bowled over with the patina on this little beauty, having never seen a bench so encrusted with gray/green lichen and moss. It is in fine shape structurally, and will make a lovely focal point in a small garden, preferably a shaded one to keep the lichen fresh and the moss green. Absolutely striking!

England, CA 1970

H: 33.25 in W: 43.88 in D: 24.75 in SH: 15 in

Price:  $2,800

Ref: FBE 1087

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Pair of Silvered English Lutyens-Style Bench in Teak

Pair of Silvered English Lutyens-Style Bench in Teak

Elegant and classical without being fussy, Lutyens-Style 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, this pair is very solid with moderate silver weathering that will continue to patinate over the years. Lutyens benches were originally made in two lengths and this is the shorter of the two sizes. Feel free to leave this bench outside and uncovered in all climates year-round to hasten the patination. In very good vintage condition overall, there are three legs on one bench and one leg on the other bench that show some nibbles at the bottoms (see photos below), but they do not compromise the beauty or functionality of this pair.

England, CA 1980

H: 49.5 in W: 65 in D: 18.5 in SH: 17.38 in

Price:  $7,200, the pair

Ref: FBE 1073

CONTACT US: tracey@theelementalgarden.com

Four English Cast Stone Ball Gate Pier Finials

Four English Cast Stone Ball Gate Pier Finials

For all of you who’ve been bugging us about finding ball finials, these are they! Sold by the pair and fab patina.

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

Price:  Call +1-203-217-2464 for Pricing

Ref: FBF 1067 A, B

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Swedish Wall Hanging by Gocken Jobs

Swedish Wall Hanging by Gocken Jobs

Not our usual fare, but we loved this marriage piece and it’s a great size and signed in Swedish on the back. Great wedding gift!

H: 51.58 in D: 1.25 in W: 39.37 in

Price:  Call +1-203-217-2464 for Pricing

Ref: TEX 1015

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Weathered English Teak Lutyens Bench

Weathered English Teak Lutyens Bench

We already have one of these in stock, so this will make a pair!

H:  49.5 in D: 18.5 in W: 65 in Seat Ht: 17 3/8 in

Price:  Call +1-203-217-2464 for Pricing

Ref:

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19th C English Terracotta Faux Bois Table Base

19th C English Terracotta Faux Bois Table Base

This would make a great outside coffee table topped with a piece or marble or granite. Sadly, we forgot to take measurements, so you’ll have to wait until it arrives.

H: in D: in W: in

Price:  Call +1-203-217-2464 for Pricing

Ref: FTB 1014

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Huge 19th C French Wrought Iron Window Frame

Huge 19th C French Wrought Iron Window Frame

Wouldn’t this make an exceptional trellis, either with stakes welded to the bottom to create a free-standing piece or else mounted on the side of a barn??

H: 61 in D: 1.2 in W: 122 in

Price:  Call +1-203-217-2464 for Pricing

Ref: POR 1058

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Large Willy Guhl Doghouse with Bottom Pan

Large Willy Guhl Doghouse with Bottom Pan

Contact Tracey for a description.

H: 31 in D: 29 in W: 37.5 in

Price:  Call +1-203-217-2464 for Pricing

Ref: FDH 1001

CONTACT US: tracey@theelementalgarden.com

Pair of French Art Deco Wrought Iron Gates

Pair of French Art Deco Wrought Iron Gates

Contact Tracey for a description.

H: 85 in D: 1 in W: 71 in

Price:  Call +1-203-217-2464 for Pricing

Ref: POR 1057

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Handmade 9 Foot Long Camel-Back Bench in Oak, Ash and Sycamore

Handmade 9 Foot Long Camel-Back Bench in Oak, Ash and Sycamore

Contact Tracey for a description.

H: 60 in D: 34 in W: 110 in

Price:  Call +1-203-217-2464 for Pricing

Ref: FBE 1083

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French 16th C Carved Stone Cherub's Head

French 16th C Carved Stone Cherub’s Head

Contact Tracey for a description.

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

Price:  Call +1-203-217-2464 for Pricing

Ref: SHE 1007

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SOLD

French Carved Limestone Medium-Sized Trough

Contact Tracey for a description.

H: 20.10 in D: 26.38 in W: 44.88 in . ID: 14.57 in

Price:  SOLD

Ref: CTR 1024

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Two Pairs Large French Cast Stone Bowls on Feet

Two Pairs Large French Cast Stone Bowls on Feet

Contact Tracey for a description.

H: 19.25 in Diameter: 32.5 in Feet: 10.25 in sq.

Price:  Call +1-203-217-2464 for Pricing

Ref: CPL 1070 A, B

CONTACT US: tracey@theelementalgarden.com