Flower Magazine

MAY-JUN 2019

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PHOTO (OPPOSITE, TOP RIGHT) COURTESY OF PENNOYER NEWMAN 54 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 9 "We look at each object, reviewing the crasman's techniques—how corners were formed, how seams join, how wall interiors are finished, and how exterior carvings and reliefs form the whole object." —VIRGINIA NEWMAN grand. Architects and interior designers such as Bunny Williams and Katie Ridder turn to the company for a broad range of pots and garden elements. The catalog, which now encompasses 500 items, includes modern rectangles, L-shaped planters, and trapezoids to fit challenging spaces such as rooftop gardens. Newman and her team have also cast modern farmhouse styles from wooden originals and "galvanized" designs along with grapevine basket looks. "Natural grapevine baskets are beautiful but extremely impractical for long-term use in the garden; thus we've cast several styles in our own materials to make them impervious to water," she says. "Similarly, wooden planters and galvanized buckets often leave rust rings on rooftops, but a resin alternative won't." images of his tapestries and Oriental rugs, nodding to the Morgan era. "From the start, we have had a steady stream of calls from people asking us to restore old planters, including lead, ceramic, bronze, and terra-cotta pieces," says Newman. Whether the client is Martha Stewart, the British Embassy, or Old Westbury Gardens in New York, Pennoyer Newman will painstakingly repair the original object, so that it may be preserved, then cast a replica that will be easy to move and able to withstand harsh conditions year-round. "We look at each one, reviewing the craftsman's techniques," she adds, "how corners were formed, how seams join, how wall interiors are finished, and how exterior carvings and reliefs form the whole object." According to Newman, the company's most challenging project to date was the two- year-long endeavor to repair and fully recast Old Westbury Gardens' Diana the Huntress. "This was an intimidating assignment because the statuary was originally created in 1732 and was in many pieces upon receipt," she says. Towering Diana (she's 7 feet tall) traveled from France to New York in the 1920s, taking up residence in Old Westbury's colonnade. For 88 years, she was moved in and out of doors each spring and fall, which eventually caused the original terra-cotta earthenware to break down, cracking and detaching her limbs. Using a mixture of clay and plaster, Pennoyer Newman restored Diana's original form, rewiring limbs as necessary. Next, they made molds of each body part and cast a portable replica for public display. However, Pennoyer Newman's repertoire extends beyond the

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