Lot 15 (Garden and Natural History Live Auction, 1st October 2019)
Oriental: A carved granite kasuge lantern
Japanese, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Japanese gardens became popular in the West in the early 20th century. In 1910 the Japan-British Exhibition opened in London, held at the White City ground near Shepherds Bush and included two Japanese Gardens spread over 10,000 square yards. Amongst the exhibitors was The Yokohama Nursery Company Ltd who displayed over 2000 plants and a collection of lanterns. Dozens of Japanese gardeners came to England for the exhibition, bringing with them plants, ornaments and buildings and many of them stayed on afterwards to create Japanese gardens including those at Tully House in County Kildare, Ireland and Tatton Park in Cheshire together with Compton Acres in Poole, Dorset.