Former times gardening writer curates Bonhams inaugural garden sale

. June 25, 2007

George Plumptre, for several years the Gardening Correspondent for The Times newspaper, founder of ‘Greenfingers,’ and the author of numerous critically-acclaimed books on the finest gardens of Great Britain and Europe, has added yet another string to his bow as the curator of Bonhams’ inaugural Garden Sale, which will take place at 101 New Bond Street, London, on 16 July.

The auction will include works of art and artefacts of horticultural interest from a cross-section of disciplines, including pictures, prints, ceramics, glass, books, furniture, garden statuary, silver, objet d’art and antique tools.

George Plumptre, of Bonhams’ Chairman’s Office, is a renowned expert in the field, and has recently undertaken a lecture tour on the subject in California, and is particularly known for his knowledge of the South African floral kingdom. In addition to this, he is the author of such books as Great Gardens, Great Designers; Royal Gardens of Europe; The Garden Makers: The Great Tradition of Garden Design from 1600 to the Present Day; and Garden Ornament: Five Hundred Years of Nature, Art and Artifice.

“Our aim here is to produce a sale with a diversity of works where the focus is on plants, gardening and famous figures in garden history,” explained Mr Plumptre. “The single factor governing the sale will be that all lots celebrate or illustrate one or more of these key areas, whether it be through accurate representation such as a botanical drawing or a piece of porcelain, or impressionist depiction such as a piece of inlaid furniture.”

Highlights already consigned to the sale include:

Octave Guillonet, ‘The artist’s wife in their garden,’ £8,000 – 12,000

Alison Arnegger, ‘Garden Splendor’, £4,000 – 6,000

A Coalport botanical dessert service circa 1805, £2,500 – 3,000

W Savage Cooper, ‘View from a Garden’, £2,000 – 3,000

A cherub lead fountain, £1,500 – 2,000

A terracotta garden bowl by Liberty, £500 – 700

A Victorian silver cased spade and fork, £250 – 300

A collection of silver prize cups from the Eastbourne Horticultural Society

The sale is set to become a firm favourite in London’s auction calendar.

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