We love the clean classic form of these fiber cement planters, designed by the iconic Willy Guhl and made by Eternit, AG. All are in perfect condition and have beautifully-patinated rims with lichen and moss. Stunning when potted up with sedum and wavy grasses or a colorful display of annual. We had three, but two have sold and now only a single one remains.
Near Pair of Large French Industrial Galvanized Zinc Tub Planters
These large round French galvanized zinc planters were originally used for some industrial function, but their beautifully-weathered surface and great size makes them perfect candidates for planters. Large enough to hold topiary or a huge display of grasses and sedum, they would make a stunning informal display flanking a doorway or the entrance to your garden. We particularly love the handles and industrial bolts around the sides. In excellent condition, these are priced and sold as a pair, although there is a difference in patina between the two, a slight variance in height, different handles, and one has a stenciled label "ordures" that literally means garbage.
France, CA 1910-1930.
Stenciled Tub: H: 20.5 in D: 25 in w/o handles D: 33 in w/handles
Unmarked Tub: H: 21.25 in D: 25 in w/o handles D: 33 in w/handles
These little beauties are quite rare and feature a stunning patina of white, green, and salmon-colored paint with a bit of rust coming through. At 48" wide, they would be wonderful paced on a terrace with a pair of our petite garden tables in between (#FST 1009) or flanking the entrance to your garden. Light and airy, they are quite comfortable and are signed on the bottom leg braces by their maker. One foot (last photo), which was a smaller replacement of the original, has come undone in shipping and our master metalsmith is working on forging a new matching foot that will be color-matched to the other 7 original feet. Of course, the benches can be sandblasted and repainted or powder-coated to your custom specifications for a modest up-charge.
Beautiful coatracks are difficult to find these days and are so utiitarian for any front hallway or corner of an apartment. It also could be used as a unique trellis in the garden, covered in clematis or climbing roses. Made of heavy wrought iron and finished in a subtle sage green paint with dark red undertones and a bit of rusting, this one has a multitude of hooks on three levels, plus a ring near the bottom to hold umbrellas. We love the worn paint as is, but it can always be refinished to your specifications for a modest up-charge.
Now this is a rare find! A stunning set of six faux bois chairs that are extremely comfortable and have a gorgeous patina with loads of lichen and some moss. They are presently in good condition, but do have some rusted iron armature showing through in places and have some chips and knocks that we will have restored in the near future. They can be paired with our faux bois table base (#FTB 1012) that needs a new top or use them in your garden or terrace around a cocktail table for drinks under the sun. Please note that these chairs should be taken inside for the winter in cold climates.
Six French Wrought Iron Garden Stools or Side Tables
These wonderful little garden stools or side tables were handmade in the late 19th or early 20th Century and they are beautifully crafted. Two have solid tops and slightly different, more elaborate legs, while four have tops with slots (to let the rain drain off) and no cross-hatching to the legs. There is a slight difference in dimensions among them and we have paired them up as best as possible, but please do contact us for more photos or dimensions of the ones that interest you.
The size and elegantly-scrolled form of this heavy steel table base make it a stand-out! It was polished in the past and the minimal amounts of rust can be removed and the table clear-coated to retain its deep silver color, or we can have it sandblasted and repainted or powder-coated for you for a modest up-charge. Top with a thick piece of glass, marble or granite for a sturdy and durable dining table outdoors or in. It will easily accommodate a 72" round top for dining for eight inside or out.
When we bought this table, we knew the top was an iffy restoration job, but when it arrived, the top was way past saving. So here we have a realistic and very solid faux bois table base in excellent condition. It can easily take a 60" round top (the original top was 52" round and the iron ring measures 22" diameter). Perhaps a mottled tan and brown granite or marble top will do the trick for you and you won't have to pay for shipping the top! We also have a suite of six faux bois chairs that came with this table but are listed separately (Stock # FCH 1042) in case you are looking for a complete set.
We were fortunate enough to be able to source four original galvanized steel grape-picker hottes that vineyard workers used to wear on their backs to collect the harvested grapes from the vines. This beauty has a later stencil on it that reads "St. Emilion, Gironde" and the number "22" near the bottom but still bears its original leather straps. The patina is glorious in spite of some expected small dents and they would make wonderful wall planters or decorative objects in your wine cellar. This one is the tallest and is the second one from the left in the last photo. Priced and sold individually, but they would make a superb collection!
French Grape-Picker's Hotte Marked Pauillac, Medoc
We were fortunate enough to be able to source four original galvanized steel grape-picker hottes that vineyard workers used to wear on their backs to collect the harvested grapes from the vines. This beauty has a later stencil on it that reads "Pauillac, Medoc" and the number "6" near the bottom but still bears its original leather straps. The patina is glorious in spite of some expected small dents and they would make wonderful wall planters or decorative objects in your wine cellar. This one is on the far-left in the last photo. Priced and sold individually, but they would make a superb collection!
Near Pair of Enormous Alsatian Master Grape Buckets in Green Wash
Who could resist the stunning green color of these master grape collection tubs from Alsace? Certainly not us, although they are not a true pair. One is round and the other a squared oval, but they do work quite well together, especially if used to flank a large entrance. In wonderful condition, there is no wobble to these and the staves are held firmly in place by the hand-wrought iron rings with tiny stainless tabs. We are happy to drill drain-holes for you or you can use large liners instead.
France, CA 1940.
Round: H: 34.5 in Diameter: 26.5 in Oval: H: 34 in D: 24.75 in W: 28.5 in
The form of this bench is truly sensational and although it reads white in color in the photos, it is actually a very pale sage green. Commodious and comfortable, it would be perfect in a contemporary or classical garden placed against a wall of green so that the form shines through. In excellent condition, with a small amount of light surface rusting to parts of the seat and back edge of the top, we can have it sandblasted and painted or powder-coated to your specifications for a modest up-charge.
Originally used as chimney caps on French houses, we love to use these as decorative lanterns in the garden with a fat pillar candle on top of a table or on a garden path. This one is comes in four pieces and is in excellent condition with only a small chip to the top rim of the bottom piece. As you can see in the last two photos, we have three terracotta lanterns, all in different sizes and configurations and they would make a stunning display grouped together as a focal point in the center of a parterre or at the end of an allée.
Originally used as chimney caps on French houses, we love to use these as decorative lanterns in the garden with a fat pillar candle on top of a table or on a garden path. This one is all one piece and is in excellent condition. As you can see in the last photo, we have three terracotta lanterns, all in different sizes and configurations and they would make a stunning display grouped together as a focal point in the center of a parterre or at the end of an allée.
Pair of Large French Champagne Baskets Marked "AB"
We always buy large French champagne baskets whenever we can find them and this pair is a beauty. Marked "AB near the bottom of one long side, they are in excellent condition and make wonderful "catch-alls" for anything from clothing to kindling to display baskets in your wine cellar. Please note the baskets measure 25 inches high without their handles.
Large Pair of French Wrought Iron Gates with Toucans
Now these gates are real show-stoppers! French-crafted of wrought iron with welded joints, they feature a pair of toucans, one on each side. They also have an 19th C lock with its original key that actually works! We will reattach the escutcheon in Photo #5, that has come loose and also reattach a slender bar that loosened up during shipping. All in all, a spectacular pair of gates with great presence and easy to install, as each side has 3 hinge pins. Perfect for that tropical retreat! From the town of Vallauris, famous for its sunburst mirrors.
Pair of Slender French Sunburst Art Deco Gates with Overthrow
This stunning pair of Art Deco gates features a rare sunburst design and the rusted patina with traces of original silver paint is quite beautiful. They have integral bottom railings on wheels, so you can more them around and also have an very long decorative overthrow that we can cut down to you preferred dimensions. They would be eye-catching inside our out, perhaps mounted on a wall for a stunning focal point. Of course, we can have them sandblasted and repainted or powder-coated to your specifications for a modest up-charge if you prefer.
France, CA 1920.
H: 80.35 in D: 1.5 in W: 36.7 in Overthrow: W: 85.5 in D: 0.5 in W: 7 7/8 in
We love long benches and buy them whenever we can, as they are so versatile with a long dining table. This pair is particularly nice and features a strong oak graining, classically-simple form, and chamfered legs. Parts have been pegged together and other parts have screws that we believe were replacements for the original pegs. In excellent and sturdy condition, these will give you decades of seating pleasure and can even be used outside, as French oak is very hard and is durable in all climates. However, to retain their present look, we would advise clear-coating for extra protection outside.
France, CA 1890.
H: 19.25 in D: 12.5 in W: 92 1/8 in Seat Depth: 6.75 in
This little guy is most definitely a "happy pig". With a beautiful weathered surface with lichen and a touch of moss, he would be lovely standing amidst a drift of vinca or other ground-cover in your garden or perhaps next to your door, inside or out. Perfect condition!
We love this pair of wrought iron gates for their pleasing, delicate form, intricate detailing, and gilded bands at their attachment points. The hearts lend a romantic theme and the muted gilding provides a subtle touch of interest. Beautiful inside or out, they would make a stunning room divider or special entrance to your secret garden. In perfect structural condition, with a touch of rusting, they also have 2 hinge pins on either side so installation is a snap.