ENGLISH CLASSICS

The English Classics represent a small, but diverse collection of what we produce here at H Crowther Ltd.
Many of these pieces have been made here at our Studio since the company’s creation in 1908 and are illustrated in our first catalogue, which was first printed in 1910.

  M113ec
The Thames Sturgeon Wall Fountain
First produced here at H. Crowther’s in the 1920s.
  M140ec
Georgian Large Spout Fountainhead
Simple, 18th Century, wall fountain feature.
  M141ec
Georgian Medium Spout Fountainhead
Simple, 18th Century, wall fountain feature.
  M091ec
Georgian Spout Fountainhead
Simple, 18th Century, wall fountain feature.
  K028ec
Piping Boy
H. Crowther Ltd has been producing the Piping Boy for over a century as a fountain and a figure.
  K029ec
Pike Boy
A copy of a good sized fountain by Verrocchio (15th Century Italian sculptor), it makes a fine, central water feature. A virtue that all Verrocchio’s sculptures have in common, is that they have great movement from any direction they are viewed. Popular with garden designers Thomas Mawsom and Gertrude Jekyll, they made good use of Crowther casts of this fountain at the Canal, Boverage Park, Dorset in the early 20th century, recently beautifully restored.
  B057ec
Cupid Boy
We have been making this model since 1908 as a Bird Bath, a Fountain and also a Basket Planter. We supplied Sir Edwin Lutyens a number of these as Basket Planters when he helped redesign Hestercombe in 1908.
  F015ec
Dancing Girl
Thought to have originated from Walter Gilberts’ eminent Arts and Crafts movement’s lead ornament foundry at The Bromsgrove Guild. The “Dancing Girl”, or “Sash Girl”, is an accepted garden design classic. The figure’s profile and movement makes it suitable for almost any garden. The Piping Boy F016 is the true partner figure.
  F189ec
Bromsgrove Summer Season
A copy from an early 20th century set of four large, lead Seasons, by Walter Gilbert of the eminent Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts, it has good scale and is suitable for almost any location. (Available as pairs, full sets of four, or as individual statuary.) The Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts, founded in 1894 by Walter Gilbert, attracted artists and the finest craftsmen throughout Europe. A principle Guild member was the stylish Swiss sculptor, Louis Weingartner. One of the Guild’s many famous commissions, is the present gates of Buckingham Palace.
  F190ec
Bromsgrove Autumn Season
A copy from an early 20th century set of four large, lead Seasons, by Walter Gilbert of the eminent Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts, it has good scale and is suitable for almost any location. (Available as pairs, full sets of four, or as individual statuary.) The Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts, founded in 1894 by Walter Gilbert, attracted artists and the finest craftsmen throughout Europe. A principle Guild member was the stylish Swiss sculptor, Louis Weingartner. One of the Guild’s many famous commissions, is the present gates of Buckingham Palace.
  J120ec
Square Lion Jardinière
We have been making this Planter as a square and a round Planter for more than a hundred years.
  J122ec
Square Clover Leaf
Pleasing early 20th century lead floral pattern, this jardinière complements many settings.
  J147ec
Formal Strapwork Planter
The classic Georgian English lead strapwork pattern complements this substantial planter. The good size offers scope for bold planting schemes. Troughs are available of the design: 122cm (48in) wide and 183cm (72in) wide.
  C053ec
Rectangular Dolphin 1721 Cistern
Copied from an original antique cistern of the Georgian period, to form a conventional-style rectangular cistern. A good sized composition with two strapwork fields, with dolphins set to centre. Please request whether required for water or soil.
  M092ec
Large Lion Head
We have been producing the Large Lion Mask since the early 1920s.
  M093ec
Rams Head and Festoon
First made here at our Studio in 1909 and adopted as our company emblem in 1911.
  M099ec
Small Lion Head
A copy from a 19th century, ornamental, lead wall mask. A single, hidden, copper wall fixing is attached to the rear for easy mounting. (All our masks can be converted to wall fountain heads on request.)
  V109ec
Adam Finial
Our most famous finial/vase. Mr H. Crowther started to produce this finial in 1908 and supplied Vita Sackville West a set when she first laid out her Sissinghurst Castle Gardens.
  V117ec
Georgian Vase
Considered of perfect proportion, taken from an antique 18th century original. When we acquired the original, around 1914, it was covered in numerous layers of paint, built-up over two hundred years – all detail was lost. It was only when this paint was stripped back did it reveal the fine ornamental leadwork that lay beneath.
  A072ec
Hare
Taken from a late 19th century Austrian cast that captures a life-like alert attitude.
  A101ec
Pig
We first started to produce the Large Pig in the late 1960s and we are proud of the fact that we have played a small part in making the Pig a classic modern garden ornament.