Antique Garden Furniture: Ornaments, Statues & Fountains

Our collection of antique garden furniture, antique fountains, outdoor ornaments and garden statues.

  • Stock: 12781

    A near pair of antique cast iron plant holders or jardinières in the Roman Revival manner, with raised cast detail of olive branch, laurel wreath and ribbons on one, and raised cast wreath and ivy leaf on the other, each rests on four acanthus style feet.
    English Victorian mid 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    29 12"
    75 cms
    13 38"
    34 cms
    14 316"
    36 cms

    Listed Price: £1,800 Pair(+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16556

    A rare pair of large cast iron Handyside urns after the the Medici Vase. These urns were manufactured by the renowned Andrew Handyside & Co Foundry, and as illustrated in the catalogue, are a near pair, with a different subject to the bas-relief friezes. The right is a faithful copy to the original Medici Vase, now on display at the Uffizi in Florence. Both are mounted on their original pedestals.

    English, c.1851.

    Notes: The Handyside Foundry exhibited this model at the Great Exhibition of 1851, as it was, and still remains, one of the most popular subjects from antiquity.

    Having returned from his uncle's engineering business in Russia, the young engineer Andrew Handyside took over the Britannia iron works in Derby in 1848, a foundry that was known for the quality of its casting, owing to the fine sand that could be found in the region. He made a wide range of materials in cast iron, from garden ornaments, to iron buildings and bridges.

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    Width Height Depth
    Urn & Base 23 58"
    60 cms
    54 14"
    138 cms
    23 58"
    60 cms
    Base 19 14"
    49 cms
    24"
    61 cms
  • Stock: 16420

    A pair of charming 19th century garden urns in terracotta, with a fruiting vine around the rim and gadrooned bowls.

    English, c.1880.

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    Width Height Depth
    20 12"
    52 cms
    15"
    38 cms
    20 12"
    52 cms

    Listed Price: £680 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16178

    A set of three Scottish fireclay urns of campana form by Garnkirk Fireclay Works. The urns are simply decorated with leaf tip mouldings to the rim, gadrooned bodies mounted with loop handles.
    They would look wonderful on plinths, or perhaps mounted on a wall.
    Scottish, c.1860. Garnkirk, stamped to base.

    The Garnkirk Fireclay Works was a renowned maker of bricks and decorative objects in the 19th century. Their clay was renowned for its durability and also light colour, making it a leader in the field of manufacture of garden urns.

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    Diameter Height
    21 1116"
    55 cms
    29 12"
    75 cms

    Listed Price: £4,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16067

    A pair of slender buff terracotta Victorian garden planters of fluted bluster form, perfect for a patio, a wall or even a doorstep.

    English, c.1860.

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    Width Height Depth
    18 12"
    47 cms
    27 58"
    70 cms
    18 12"
    47 cms

    Listed Price: £1,300 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 6560

    A large boldly carved stone head of a classical figure wearing a laurel wreath. Originally mounted on the parapet of a building in Glasgow, built in the Greek Revival style, now demolished.
    Very much in the style of - or perhaps even designed by - the great Scottish architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson.
    Scottish,19th Century.

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    Width Height Depth
    15"
    38 cms
    17 1116"
    45 cms
    15 38"
    39 cms

    Listed Price: £2,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 12539

    An Edwardian gate post finial modelled as an eagle in composition stone, on a rectangular plinth. Attractively patinated and verdigreed with well defined carved detail. English, early 20th century.

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    height
    36 58"
    93 cms

    Listed Price: £2,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16070

    A pair of rustic French cast iron garden urns, with traces of the original painted finish. Would look fabulous raised on pedestals.

    French, c.1880.

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    Diameter Height
    18 78"
    48 cms
    16 12"
    42 cms

    Listed Price: £1,600 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16530

    A set of four black painted cast iron garden urns on stands, attributed to the Handyside Foundry. This set of campana urns with flared lobed rims, have lovely acanthine foliate embellishments to the body, over gadrooned socles. They are mounted with mask and loop handles. The plinths are simply decorated with bound laurel wreaths.

    English, mid 19th century.

    Notes: The renowned American landscape gardener, writer and horticulturalist Andrew Jackson Downing (October 31, 1815 – July 28, 1852) speaks fondly of the garden urn stating,“There are few objects that may, with so much good effect, be introduced into the scenery of pleasure grounds, surrounding a tasteful villa, as the vase in its many varied forms.”

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    Width Height Depth
    Urn & Base 17 14"
    44 cms
    44"
    111.8 cms
    17 14"
    44 cms
    Base 13 58"
    34.5 cms
    19 1316"
    50.3 cms

    Listed Price: £5,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 12695

    A really unusual and beautiful roof ventilator manufactured by Ewarts & Son with the most wonderful verdigris patina. Whilst originally used to improve air circulation, today it would be a beautiful decorative centrepiece in the garden, or as a roof finial.

    English, c.1890.

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    Listed Price: £950 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16376

    A pair of early 20th Century cast iron pedestal planters with a fantastic paint finish.

    English, c.1900.

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    Width Height
    15 38"
    39 cms
    16 12"
    42 cms

    Listed Price: £1,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16103

    A pair of fine Victorian buff terracotta urns, each with a flared rim and semi-gadrooned body, raised on a moulded pedestal and square base.

    English, c.1890.

    Would be fabulous paired with our selection of pedestals.

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    Diameter Height
    26"
    66 cms
    17 1116"
    45 cms

    Listed Price: £2,150 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16399

    A grand terracotta style composition garden urn in the form of the Warwick Vase, after the antique popularised by 18th century collectors. This piece is large in size and a beautifully modelled copy of the Roman original, and can be displayed both outside and in.

    English, mid 20th century.

    Notes: The Warwick Vase was excavated from Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli in 1771 by Gavin Hamilton, and dates to the second century AD. Hamilton sold the vase to his nephew, the 2nd Earl of Warwick, who built a specially commissioned conservatory in the grounds of Warwick Castle to house it.

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    Width Height
    22 1316"
    58 cms
    19 1116"
    50 cms

    Listed Price: £2,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16012

    A Victorian white painted cast iron tripod bird bath in the Rococo taste - a wonderfully ornate centrepiece for the garden.
    With original painted finish, but we can re-paint if desired.

    English, c.1880.

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    Diameter Height
    29 78"
    76 cms

    Listed Price: £950 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16182

    A pair of Victorian painted cast iron garden urns or planters, with scrolled rims over gadrooned bodies, raised on cast iron plinths.

    Victorian, c.1890.

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    Diameter Height
    21 14"
    54 cms
    31 12"
    80 cms

    Listed Price: £1,700 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16091

    A fine pair of 19th century cast iron twin handled garden urns or planters. The elegant urns have egg and dart rims over baluster bodies, and rope twist handles to the side.

    English, c.1880.

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    Diameter Height
    18 78"
    48 cms
    15 38"
    39 cms

    Listed Price: £2,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16237

    A set of four Victorian cast iron garden chairs, with oval openwork backs with scroll pediments, scroll fretwork oval seats, cabriole legs with mask capitals, high, together with a circular table of similar design.
    Perfect for use on a patio or lawn, as they have wide feet.

    English, late 19th century.

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    Listed Price: £1,500 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16401

    A fine 19th century copy of the Sosibios vase by Handyside & Co in cast iron, with its original stepped plinth base. This was originally retailed by the Handyside foundry at £4 in 1880.

    Notes:
    This cast iron urn is modelled on a white marble urn from antiquity by Sosibios, a Greek sculptor working in Rome around 50 BC. An English version of the model was later in the 1874 catalogue of A. Handyside and Co. of Derby and London. A set of four painted cast-iron urns of this model sold at Christie's Wrotham Park, 4 June 1991 lot 120. .

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    Width Height Depth
    16 78"
    43 cms
    33 18"
    84 cms
    Overall 57 18"
    145 cms
  • Stock: 16266

    A mid-19th century model of the Uffizi Boar, called 'Il Porcellino', by Austin & Seeley, the seated figure of the boar on an integral square plinth.

    This cast stone model of the Uffizi Boar takes its name from a 17th-century bronze fountain by sculptor Pietro Tacca, made for Cosimo II de' Medici and originally placed in the Loggia at the Mercato Nuovo in Florence. This civic space was also known as the Loggia del Porcellino, named after the boar as rubbing the statue's nose is said to bring great wealth. Made in the 1630s, it was modelled after an earlier marble version (Italian, 2nd-1st century BC) discovered in Rome in 1556 on the slopes of the Esquiline Hill, itself thought to be based on a lost Greek Hellenistic bronze version. After restoration, the marble statue was brought to Florence in 1568 as a gift from Pope Pius IV to Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, initially placed in the Pitti Palace. Both this marble and the 17th-century bronze versions are now housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It remained an immensely popular subject for Grand Tourists, who collected their own versions. It is a testament to the commercial prowess of Austin and Seeley to produce such an iconic model for their wealthiest clients.

    Notes:

    A design for a model of the Uffizi Boar is illustrated in Austin and Seeley's catalogue the 'Specimen Book of Austin & Seeley's Artificial Stone Manufactory, London', 1844, p. 9. Austin & Seeley were known as suppliers of fine garden statuary to the largest country houses in England and similar stone examples can be found at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, Castle Howard in Yorkshire, and Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. Felix Austin entered into business making artificial stone in 1828, having purchased moulds from a firm that had gone out of business. He established his works in New Road, London, describing himself variously as an architect, statuary mason and sculptor as well as artificial stone maker. His material was not the same as the ceramic body used by Mrs. Coade, but made from Portland cement, broken stone, pounded marble and course sand (The Builder, 1868). However, like Mrs. Coade, he encouraged leading architects and designers to work for him. Around 1840 he entered into partnership with John Seeley; Seeley had trained at the Royal Academy Schools and also made an artificial stone, which he called 'artificial limestone'. In 1841 they published their first catalogue Collection of Ornaments at Austin & Seeley's Artificial Stone Works for Gardens, Parks and Pleasure Grounds, etc. from their address in New Road. The preface to this catalogue begins 'Austin's Artificial Stone is of a light tone, requires no painting or colouring, will not sustain injury from the severest winter, and, being impervious to wet, is particularly applicable to all kinds of water-works. Its superiority is now so thoroughly established, that the most eminent Architects and scientific Gentlemen have expressed, in the highest terms, their approbation of its durability, and close resemblance to real stone.'

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    Width Height Depth
    43 14"
    110 cms
    55 78"
    142 cms
    70 78"
    180 cms

    Listed Price: £24,000 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 16402

    A very large cast iron urn in the form of the Warwick Vase, after the antique popularised by 18th century collectors. This piece is on a grand scale and woluld make a fantastic statement on a plinth.
    Attributed to the Handyside foundry, as illustrated in their catalogue.

    English, c.1850

    Notes: The Warwick Vase was excavated from Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli in 1771 by Gavin Hamilton, and dates to the second century AD. Hamilton sold the vase to his nephew, the 2nd Earl of Warwick, who built a specially commissioned conservatory in the grounds of Warwick Castle to house it.

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    Width Height Depth
    33 12"
    85 cms
    20 18"
    51 cms
    23 316"
    59 cms
    Base 14 58"
    37 cms
    14 58"
    37 cms

    Listed Price: £4,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15738

    A Victorian Sundial with a gardrooned fireclay pedestal, possibly Garnick. An associated bronze sundial that is a perfect fit.
    English or Scottish, c. 1880.

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    Height
    47 316"
    120 cms

    Listed Price: £1,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 4506

    A weathered carved stone bust of Moliere, the 17th century French playwright (1622 - 1673) looking to dexter.
    French, circa 1720.

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    width height
    21"
    53.3 cms
    25"
    63.5 cms
  • Stock: 15538

    A pair of Victorian fireclay planters of canted rectangular form, perfect for use on a bay window. They are topped with scallop shell decoration and are also embellished with trailing roses and female masks
    English, c.1870.

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    Width Height Depth
    65 38"
    166 cms
    10 316"
    26 cms
    18 12"
    47 cms

    Listed Price: £1,250 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15934

    A pair of large 19th century carrara marble urns. The boldly carved urns are twin handled, with high relief acanthus leaves around the body of the urn on a canted square base. They could be used either as garden or indoor urns.
    English, c.1880.

    One of two pairs available with stock no. 15935.

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    Diameter Height
    Including handles 16 78"
    43 cms
    12 316"
    31 cms

    Listed Price: £3,000 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15739

    A pair of Victorian cast iron campana garden urns with gadrooned fluted bodies on square bases.

    English, c.1880.

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    Diameter Height Base
    16 18"
    41 cms
    20 12"
    52 cms
    9 58"
    24.5 cms
  • Stock: 15936

    A pair of elegant nineteenth-century cast iron garden urns, each with a flared egg and dart rim over a gadrooned body mounted on a square base. Perfect as planters on plinths or perhaps a wall.

    English c.1880.

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    Diameter Height Base
    22"
    56 cms
    15"
    38 cms
    10"
    25.3 cms
  • Stock: 15818

    A rare antique terracotta sundial attributed to the Compton Pottery of Guildford. The sundial comprises a putto holding the dial and this is mounted on a Tuscan column.
    A Sundial of this type would have been used by garden designers such as Gertrude Jeckyll for her Arts and Crafts style gardens, and would look fabulous in a number of settings.

    English, c. 1910.

    Photo before restoration.

    Notes: The Compton Pottery was a well-regarded pottery specialising in garden pots and ornamentation. They received commissions from well known figures, including Lutyens, and their work was stocked at Liberty and Co. It was founded by Mary Watts in 1900, and they operated until 1956.

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    Width Height Depth
    18 78"
    48 cms
    48"
    122 cms
    18 78"
    48 cms
  • Stock: 12853

    A pair of late Victorian cast iron urns of fluted, squat campana form with egg and dart moulded borders, on square bases.

    English, circa 1880.

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    Diameter Height Base
    21 1116"
    55 cms
    14 38"
    36.5 cms
    9 18"
    23.2 cms
  • Stock: 13151

    A pair of Victorian terracotta campana garden urns on Doulton plinths, the urns with scalloped and fluted sides and rims mounted on elegantly understated plinths.

    English Circa 1870.

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    Width Height
    urns 17 1116"
    45 cms
    21 14"
    54 cms
    bases 15"
    38 cms
    23 316"
    59 cms
  • Stock: 15935

    A pair of large 19th century carrara marble urns. The boldly carved urns are twin handled, with high relief acanthus leaves around the body of the urn on a canted square base. They could be used for either garden or indoor urns.
    English, c.1880.

    One of two pairs available with stock no. 15934.

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    Diameter Height
    19 1116"
    50 cms
    14 58"
    37 cms

    Listed Price: £3,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15887

    An antique buff terracotta gadrooned single urn of a good size, perfect as a planter when stood on a plinth. We have a number of suitable plinths that could be used in combination with this urn, to make it a gorgeous garden centrepiece.
    English, c.1880.

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    Diamter Height Base
    18 18"
    46 cms
    16 78"
    43 cms
    8 1116"
    22.2 cms

    Listed Price: £960 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 9191

    A pair Carrara marble plinths, carved in low relief, with lion masks, armorial shields and foliate motifs. Would work wonderfully as garden ornaments, or as plinths for urns or other statuary.
    Italian, 19th century.

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    Width Height Depth
    7 1316"
    19.8 cms
    35 38"
    90 cms
    7 18"
    18 cms

    Listed Price: £1,800 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15831

    A pair of Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) sancai-glazed ridge tiles modelled as horse and rider. Both tiles are glazed in rich green and amber, the horses in a rich amber and the riders wearing green robes.

    Tiles of this kind were often used on public and private buildings to ward off evil spirits. The work of glazed tiles is known in China as Liuli Wa, literally `roof-tile of glass`, a term dating back to the Tang Dynasty. According to traditional Chinese beliefs, roofs are a platform of communication between the world of the living and the realm of the spirits.
    Chinese, late 15th - early 16th century.

    Sancai means three glazes, the basic colours of this glaze are green, cream and amber, but more colours were sometimes used. It was a lead glaze and the addition of metal oxides created the limited palate of green and amber and sometimes blue. In the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 AD), grave goods were often glazed in this manner and there was a resurgence in popularity for this glaze in the Ming period.

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    Height
    14 38"
    36.5 cms

    Listed Price: £3,200 (+VAT where applicable)

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  • Stock: 15724

    A large and finely carved 19th century Italian marble lidded urn, decorated with trailing grape vines and and dramatic handles, modelled as grinning and horned satyrs. The body of the urn is carved with two cartouches, one depicting a nymph bathing in a pool whilst a satyr observes, hidden by bullrushes. The other depicts an a satyr and a goat in an amorous and playful embrace. After the antique.

    Italian, c.1850.

    Could be situated in a sheltered spot in a garden or courtyard, but equally suited to an interior setting.

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    Width Height Depth
    28"
    71 cms
    40"
    101.5 cms
    19 1116"
    50 cms
  • Stock: 15598

    An 18th century bronze sundial, the dial plate inscribed Bywater Dawson & Co. Liverpool, on a substantial 19th century cast iron base, mounted on a millstone.
    English, 18th century with 19th century base.

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    Width Height Depth
    without stone base 12 58"
    32 cms
    53 18"
    135 cms
    12 58"
    32 cms
    with stone base 19 1116"
    50 cms
    61"
    155 cms
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Antique Garden Furniture

Antique garden furniture and ornamentation is a great way to introduce character to an outside space, whether a sprawling garden, a small patio or even a balcony.

Antique garden furniture was built to last almost without exception, with both the materials and the craftsmanship involved being of a far greater quality than we expect from the modern equivalents.

If you are looking for a focal point it can be created with antique garden ornaments. The practice of garden embellishment originated with the Romans, who displayed copies of Greek statues in their villa gardens. Later, during the Renaissance period, Roman statuary was recovered to be incorporated into Italian gardens.

There is an enormously diverse range of garden furniture styles. Antique cast iron garden furniture goes far beyond the ornate Rococo style to the elegance of Regency design. There are also examples of gothic, arts and crafts and aesthetic pieces to name but a few! These are often sturdier and longer lasting than antique wooden garden furniture and they can also be painted in any colour of choice, or even leave the patina from decades of use.

Gardens can be intriguing places as well as places of leisure, rest and contemplation. Antique garden statues can create a focus or point of interest in a garden scheme. For example, Antique garden urns reflect the Roman and Greek vases of old. They are often made from terracotta, cast iron, stone and marble which all weather to develop a patina over the centuries. These can very quickly evoke the elegance and intrigue of a classical garden.

Our selection of Antique stone garden ornaments are often reclaimed from historic buildings, stately homes or important landmarks that have either been demolished or remodelled.

Perhaps the most dramatic of all garden ornamentation is the antique garden fountain. Not only do they create visual impact, but they can also create a variety of sounds, from the merest trickle of water in the background to a majestic cascade. Whichever one you choose, it is bound to be a showstopper.

Antique garden accessories, as you can see, come in all shapes and sizes, so if you are looking for something to fit a specific space in your garden, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.