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Title: The book of the garden
Identifier: bookofgarden11853mcin (find matches)
Year: 1853 (1850s)
Authors: McIntosh, Charles, 1794-1864
Subjects: Gardening
Publisher: Edinburgh and London, W. Blackwood
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library



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642 GEOMETRICAL FLOWER-GARDENS. them. Even Chatsworth, Windsor, and Trentham are deficient in this respect, while Clumber affords us the only excep- tion. Cast-iron vases are now brought to great perfection, as well as ornaments of all kinds in the same metal. Sir Francis Chantrey once declared that this could never be the case, as no casting could ever equal the sculptor's chisel. The enter- prise of the English ironmasters has com- pletely falsified this assertion, as has been abundantly demonstrated, and while as yet this art, in its highest branches, may be said to be only in its infancy. We have specimens without number of cast-iron vases copied from the most elaborate and chaste sculptural works of antiquity, and of themselves as great a triumph in their respective department of the arts as that of the finest chiselled marble in the world. Vases of cast-iron are now becoming common, and copies of the ce- lebrated old as well as modern designs can be had little infe- rior in form, execution, and beauty of out- line, to the ori- ginals. They are to be had painted in imi- tation of mar- ble or bronze ; and, if care be taken to paint them regularly with thin coats of anti-corro- sion paint, the beauty and sharpness of the outline will last for ages; but, if neglect- ed, rust will destroy this; and if careless- ly painted, the same effect will be pro- duced. Painting, however, is a dangerous process, unless carefully executed; and, of all imitations, bronze is the best.
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In regard to size, great attention ought to be paid to proportion vases, as well as all other sculptural objects, to the size of the garden they are to be placed in. If the garden exceeds one acre, such vases should not be less than 6 feet in height, measuring from the ground ; and in gar- dens of greater extent, they should be even larger, and elevated upon propor- tionable pedestals. For gardens of one quarter of an acre the dimensions may be reduced to 2 feet in height, and 22 inches in diameter at their top. This is the true proportion of the celebrated Florentine vase. Figs. 859, 860, will show the proportions when set on cor- responding pedestals. Urns differ from vases only in hav- ing a covered top. Their situation in a garden should be one of quiet and repose, or by the approach to, or round a cenotaph or mausoleum. Fig. 861, the dove tazza.— We have select- ed this remark- able chaste and superb speci- men of art out of a number of productions kindly put at our disposal by Mr Alderman Copeland, the well - known manufacturer of porcelain and earthen- ware at Stoke- upon-Trent. For elegance in the design, and beauty in the execution of the work- manship, this tazza reflects great credit on the establish- ment of the worthy alder- man, which has long since at- tained a high degree of reputation, not only in Europe, but throughout Asia and America, and also displays the correct

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