Join thousands of design-conscious readers for exclusive offers, gardening inspiration and innovative design solutions for enjoying outdoor spaces.
We will never sell or distribute your email to any other parties or organizations.
Barbara Israel, whose booth is centrally located at the show, has three separate pieces that she bought from a home in Harding Township, New Jersey, of which this sarcophagus-form planter was one (along with a bench and a large urn).
Israel points out that one of the great features of the show is that all of the antique dealers are manning their own booths, which means that it's easy to talk with them and learn about all of the different pieces and even touch some of the antiques, making the show the ultimate interactive museum. She gave me a great short talk about this planter, which depicts the fall of Phaeton, when he tried to drive the chariot of his father, the sun-god. It was commissioned by Stanford White, of McKim Mead and White, in Italy, and Israel showed it filled with water and a few water plants, laughingly explaining that she didn't want to fill the planter with dirt and worry buyers that there were cracks or other secrets inside.