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Barbara Israel Garden Antiques

About Barbara Israel Garden Antiques

A nineteenth-century farmhouse in Katonah, NY, is home to Barbara Israel Garden Antiques' impressive array of period ornament from Europe, America, and Asia.  The formal gardens surrounding the house are the perfect setting for our collection of fountains, statues, sundials, urns and gate pier finials, furniture, fencing, and wellheads dating from the fifteenth through the early twentieth centuries.  Barbara Israel Garden Antiques works closely with landscape architects, designers, and private clients to find the ideal object for each individual garden.  While the primary focus is on classical ornament, we endeavor to satisfy all of our clients' request--from the most traditional to the more unexpected.  With this intent, our inventory also features other significant ornamental trends including rustic furniture, Art Moderne/Art Deco pieces, nineteenth-century revival style objects and eclectic items from the monumental focal piece to the perfect small flourish.  We participate in four major antiques shows each year: The Winter Antiques Show in January, The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show in late April, the Garden Art & Antiques Fair at the New York Botanical Garden in early May, and The Delaware Antiques Show in early November.

Katonah Garden
The Garden at Steepway Farm, Katonah

About Barbara

Barbara IsraelBarbara Frelinghuysen Israel founded Barbara Israel Garden Antiques in 1985, after a serendipitous purchase of a large collection of estate statuary led her down the garden antiques path.  More than 20 years and hundreds of exquisite objects later, Barbara is recognized as an authority on the subject.  Barbara's book, Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1999), is the definitive work in the field.  Barbara has served as a consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for its collection of nineteenth-century cast iron, and sold pieces to the Winterthur Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, as well as to many important private collectors.  As an active board member of Historic Hudson Valley, she is helping to preserve landmark properties and their antique garden ornaments.  Barbara Israel Garden Antiques has been featured in The New York Times, House & Garden, The Robb Report, The Baltimore Sun, and Martha Stewart Living, among others, and has appeared on Good Morning America, Sunday Morning Today, A&E's The Incurable Collector, and Antiques Roadshow FYI.

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