Just as the most interesting interiors combine a well-considered mix of old and new, gardens are becoming ever more storied, decorated with elegant old pieces of furniture with provenance. Caryl Tincknell is a dealer and garden design enthusiast who has zeroed in on the market for beautifully aged garden antiques, which she sells via her online store Violet Grey Decorative Antiques.
Tincknell travels to source pieces at specialist brocantes and auctions all over Europe, bringing back an expertly edited haul of beautiful outdoor pieces. From large statement-making statuary and urns through to plant stands, terrariums and conservatory peacock chairs, the site offers a fast revolving collection of stylish pieces encompassing the 19th century and midcentury modern antiques.
Current stock includes a delicate verdigris copper lantern (£695) by late-19th-century French maker Gillet Forest, a pair of cast-iron 19th-century Corneau urns (£425), an impressive pair of midcentury composite Swiss planters (£375) and a pair of metal treillage (£4,000) for trailing vines. Only light conservation work is undertaken, so that urns, pots and garden furniture are left with the patina of age that makes these treasures so covetable in the first place. An astounding faux bois bench (£4,500) is typical of the light hand that goes into repurposing these pieces.
Tincknell admits that sometimes it’s hard to let go of her finds, but as a garden enthusiast she will also advise clients on creating their perfect outdoor space – sourcing pieces to order if necessary – and so can make sure that some of her favourite discoveries find the perfect spot in their new homes.