JOHN CALDWELL, THE NEW YORK TIMES, SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 1981
Christopher Sproat’s “Contemplating Croquet” is a reference to the gentility of Wave Hill’s past. An elegantly curved bench that would be almost impossible to sit on comfortably has before it a table that is too low, too large and too distant to be of any possible use. They are flanked by a croquet set of a design so eccentric it is totally without function and oddly shaped wickets arranged in a circle. The whole thing is white, and it is an elegant tribute to a past that can never be retrieved.