In Michael Trapp's world, old plus older equals new.
If an uzbekistani treasure-hunting spree isn’t in your immediate future, not to worry: Michael Trapp’s got you covered. The Connecticut-based antiques dealer and designer regularly traipses the world’s bazaars and antiques fairs, bringing back Tsung Dynasty shipwreck pots, teak Dutch Colonial garden benches, and 18th--century Portuguese printed bed curtains, among other unique finds. Much of the bounty fills his West Cornwall shop, but a fair portion goes home with him, at least for a time.
Just as a work of art can pull a room together, the right garden antique can transform a landscape. Few people know this better than Barbara Israel, who has been dealing in garden antiques since 1985 from her Katonah, New York, property, a lush swath of meadows and gardens in Westchester County. Her inventory includes more than 200 stone, iron, terra-cotta, bronze, and zinc objects, ranging in price from around $100 to $100,000. Israel is the author of Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste (Harry N.