We found this unusual piece making our rounds of the French brocantes and it is beauty! Used to put corks in wine bottles at a vineyard, it would make a great conversation piece in your wine cellar. Made of steel and in its original green paint it has a newer red plastic handle that can be removed if you like. Alternatively, place a fat pillar candle on the bottle platform and use it as an unusual candelabrum. Completely functional!
France, CA 1950.
H: 30.5 in (77.47 cm) D: 11 in (27.94 cm) W: 17 in (43.18 cm)
This lovely carved stone piece date from the early 19th C and has a beautifully weathered surface with minor chipping to the edges. Found in Yorkshire, it has a largely blackened surface from the coal dust accumulated over 2 centuries outside. Perfect as a pedestal for a round figure or as a mini-fountain with the water gently cascading up through the hole and over the sides of the grindstone.
French 19th Century Handmade Wrought Iron Gloriette or Gazebo
Now here is a rare piece! Handmade from wrought iron in the late 19th century, this wonderful lattice design garden structure is known in France as a Gloriette, but we call it a gazebo. This one, however, has a domed top and an open and airy design that will be a fabulous centerpiece to any garden left unplanted or with a profuse array of New Dawn climbing roses. Pop a loveseat and small bistro table inside for the perfect cocktail spot. Lovely old green paint with a bit of surface rusting, this can be repainted to your custom specifications. It does dissemble into 5 pieces for easy shipment. Please note that the entrance to the gloriette measures 74.5" high x 34.5" wide.
Monumental 18th Century French Limestone Wellhead with Overthrow
If you are looking for a wellhead with everything you could want, this is it! Carved by hand in the 18th century from a single block of stone (Calcaire de Vendée) and then separated into two halves to make it transportable, the wellhead features the classic circle within a square design. The overthrow was reconstructed sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century and it has been grafted onto the original 18th century wrought iron curled feet. It separates from the stone part and the rope pulley is also removable. In fabulous condition, with a beautiful lichened and weathered patina, this piece will make any garden. Please be advised that a forklift is required to move it, but we will palletize it prior to shipment. You can choose to leave the two sections abutted as in the photo or mortar them together on site. You can also pour a concrete floor on site should you want to convert it into a fountain. Dimensions of the stone part are 56" wide x 59.5" deep (including gap between sections) x 30" hi. The overthrow measures 73" hi. Overall height is 129".
France, CA Mid 18th C.
H: 129 in (328 cm) D: 59.5 in (151 cm) W: 56 in (142 cm)
Enormous Pair of Mid-Century Cast Stone Conical Planters in Stands
We love this form for a contemporary garden and these planters have great presence. Weighing in at over 350 lbs. each, they have heavy hand-wrought iron stands that sport a lovely moderately rusted surface and traces of old green paint. The planters themselves are in excellent condition except for two small rim chips to one planter shown in photos. We can fix the chips and repaint them if you like for a modest up-charge. The bowls are very large and would look amazing with a profuse planting of grasses, ferns, annuals or sedum. Please note that the height of the planters alone is 24.5", but the overall height with the stands is 26.5".
We found this little beauty outside Agen in the Southwest of France and were struck by its simple elegance. Dating to the early 19th C, it is in pristine condition with mortise and tenon joints and original riveting. It sports its original latch and would make the perfect entrance piece to your secret garden. Please note that the dimensions do not include the small anchoring foot to the right, which adds another 1.75" to the height overall.
France, CA 1810.
H: 62.25 in (158.1 cm) D: .75 in (1.9 cm) W: 24.75 in (62.86 cm)
Pair of French Cast Iron Handled Urns, Signed Alfred Corneau
We love the classical melon form of these urns, embellished with scrolled handles and perfectly proportioned. Each sports old dark green paint and they are signed on their feet by their maker, Alfred Corneau and Sons. In wonderful condition, they would be perfect on a large dining table alone or containing a profuse array of blooms from your garden. Alternatively, they would be stunning atop a stone wall flanking the entrance to your garden or on your front steps. The planting well measured 13" high and the feet measure 9" diameter.
France, CA 1870.
H: 19.5 in (49.5 cm) D: 16.5 in (41.9 cm) W: 22 in (55.88 cm)
Four French Wrought Iron Balls from Wine Barrel Hoops
We bought these whimsical wine barrel hoop balls in the South of France and thought they would be wonderful as decorative items in the garden or wine cellar, as forms for topiary, or as chandeliers, wired up with small white lights. Two are a pair and measure 14" diameter, while the two larger ones measure 25" diameter and 27.5" diameter, respectively. The two smaller ones are rusted wrought iron and date to the 19th C, as is the 25" diameter one. The largest one (also late 19th C) has been painted with silver and red paint in parts, but this can easily be spray painted if you do not like the surface. All are hand riveted.
We often see bottle racks in France with straight arms, but it is rare indeed to find one that has the old form with hand-crafted holes for the bottlenecks. This one is enormous and would make the perfect decorative accent in your wine cellar. Alternatively, it could be converted into a huge chandelier with empty bottles placed in the holders for added oomph in a two-story hallway or dining room. In lovely condition with a beautiful steel blue-grey color, this piece would also make a wonderful focal point in your garden as a trellis for sweet peas or other climbing vines.
We have married this exceptional handled tazza urn to a conforming stepped and tiered cast iron plinth with wreath decoration to great effect. Both the urn and plinth have been polished and waxed and make a stunning statement. The urn, although unsigned, has the leaf and berry rim identical to a pair of signed Fiske urns that we had many years ago and features a depth of casting and intricate detail made only by the very best foundries. The hexagonal foot on squared base is rare, as are the exceptional handles. All-in-all a grand statement for your entrance hall, library, or in the center of your garden.
This is a wonderful example of 17th century Biot jars or pots, which hail from the town of Biot in Provence. These vessels, which are glazed on the interior and exterior rim, were used to hold oil and this particular one is marked on the neck with two cross marks in a circle. This represents the mark of the oil merchant so he could easily identify and retrieve his pots. With a beautifully-weathered surface and ochre drip marks from its original firing, it would make a wonderful focal point in your garden or home. This one has a nearly invisible repair to an area below the rim (shown in photos #6, 7, 8 and 9), that does not affect its overall look or function. We have listed it at a substantial discount to what other authentic 17th century Biot pots bring because of the repair. Please note that these pots were never intended as planters and so do not have a drainage hole, but we can do that for you for a modest up-charge and we can also have a custom liner made for it. Please note that Biot pots are not suitable for cold climates, unless emptied and brought indoors over the winter.
It is rare to find such a beautiful table in wrought iron with sweeping legs and center medallions on each side, and this one is a beauty, sporting old green paint in a lovely color. The marble top is antique and, while in very good condition overall, has a few minor ships to the edges, reflected in the price. Perfect as a desk, side table or small dining table for two or four outside or in.
France, CA 1870.
H: 27.88 in (71 cm) D: 24.75 in (63 cm) W: 43.38 in (110 cm)
Large French Tole Grape-Picker's Bucket Marked "DB"
Now this grape-picker's bucket is superb! Sporting its original black paint and monogrammed "DB on one side (to identify the owner or vineyard), it would make a great ice chest for parties or look equally well as a planter or decorative piece in your wine cellar. From Burgundy, the home of the most famous Pinot Noir wines in France, it is in wonderful condition and has its original riveted iron handles.
France, CA 1900.
H: 18 in (46 cm) D: 19.5 in (50 cm) W: 35 in (89 cm)
Set of Three French Wooden Grape-Picker's Tubs/Planters
We love these early 20th C wooden buckets with riveted iron handles and would use them as planters in a rustic setting. Found near Bordeaux, these 3 have been marked "LM" in pale blue paint to identify their owner or vineyard, and all are in excellent condition with a wonderful weathered surface and rusty iron straps and handles. They would make wonderful decorative pieces in your wine cellar or we can drill drain holes in the bottoms to convert them into planters. Alternatively, we can have liners made for you and you can use the as ice chests to hold your favorite chilled wines at parties. We also have a single unmarked wooden grape bucket, slightly larger, that is also for sale (Stock # CPL 1101). should you want a harlequin set of four. The four are shown together in photo # 7.
France, CA 1900.
H: 18.5 in (47 cm) D: 20.5 in (52 cm) W: 33 in (84 cm)
Found near Bordeaux, this wooden bucket with original iron banding and riveted handles dates to the early 20th C and is in wonderful condition. We would use it as a planter (and can drill drain holes for you) or can have a liner made so you can use it as an ice chest for parties. It would also make a great decorative piece in your wine cellar. Please note that we have 3 other wooden grape buckets, marked "LM" for sale (Stock # CPL 1102 a, b, c) that are a shade smaller than this unmarked one but would be quite complementary if you are looking for a set of 4 rustic planters (See photo #7).
France, CA 1900.
H: 18 in (46 cm) D: 20 in (51 cm) W: 33 in (84 cm)
Large 18th C French Carved Stone Mortar Planter/Fountain
This late 18th C mortar was originally used to grind food stuffs or medicines but it is the perfect size for a planter or small fountain. Hand-carved from a hard stone from the Var region of France, it is in excellent condition, with a couple of minor surface hairline cracks, but holds water. It can easily be converted into a small fountain, as it is sufficiently deep to hold a small recirculating pump, or we can drill a center drain hole to convert it into a planter. The patina and coloration are superb and you will not be disappointed with this one! Interior depth = 10".
France, CA 1780.
H: 14 in (36 cm) D: 21 in (53 cm) W: 21 in (53 cm)
This is a lovely classical French garden dining set with a round table that collapses for easy shipping and storage. The table and four chairs have beautiful pierced seats for drainage and all pieces are in excellent solid condition. The chairs are quite comfortable and invite you to linger over a meal. There is a bit of flaking to the paint with minor rusting to the top, so you may want to consider sandblasting and powder-coating in your choice of color and finish. We can have this done for you for a modest up-charge of around $500 or you can enjoy it just as is. Perfect on a terrace or anywhere in your garden! Table measures 38" diameter top x 29" high with a 2.25" diameter umbrella hole. Chairs measure 34.25" hi x 15"seat width x 18" depth x 17.5 seat height.
We bought this original Elephant Ear planter, designed by Willy Guhl and hand-molded by Eternit, SA of Switzerland for its amazing surface, even though it has a large loss to one corner. We think this makes it even more interesting in form, but have priced it according to its condition. Beautiful with mounded moss or a profuse arrangement of tall wavy grasses surrounded by dripping sedum, it will make a stunning focal point in your garden or on a large tabletop outside or in. Please note that we have an additional pair of Willy Guhl Elephant Ear planters for sale (Stock # CPL 1093 a, b) should you want three. Made of fiber cement, a lightweight and very durable material, it may remain outside year-round. Please note that this is a true Willy Guhl piece, distinguishable from the very similar ELO design by its two diagonally-opposing down-sloping corners and its two diagonally-opposing flat corners. It is listed in the Willy Guhl/Eternit catalog as an "Oreille d'Elephant" or "Elephant Ear" planters, not a "handkerchief" or "mouchoir" planter, which are very different in form.
Switzerland, CA 1960.
H: 13.5 in (34 cm) D: 32.5 in (83 cm) W: 33.25 in (84 cm)
French Carved Limestone Dolphin Side Table or Table Base
We originally had a pair of these but have since sold one. Hand-carved from French limestone and dating to around 1890-1910, the carving is marvelous and the entwined dolphin motif classically French. Nicely weathered, the dolphin heads have bits of moss and greening. Each has a separate original limestone piece (21 3/8" long x 17.5" wide x 1.75" thick) that can be used either as a tabletop or as a base for the dolphin riser. Beautiful indoors or out, you may choose to add different tops and use the existing pieces as bases under the dolphin risers. It can be used as an end table in the garden or as a base for a round stone top to make a dining table. The dolphin bases (without their tops) measure 15.75" long x 11.63" wide x 26" high). Overall measurements listed below.
France, CA 1900.
H: 27.75 in (70 cm) D: 17.5 in (44 cm) W: 21.38 in (54 cm)
This little beauty is a charming alternative to the usually-available garden benches and has a panoply of funky colors underneath its current black paint. Its delicately curled arms and curved back lend it presence, while still being light and airy. Quite comfortable, even without a cushion, it would make a lovely landing spot for cocktails for two in the garden. In excellent structural condition and all hand-riveted, it has moderate surface rusting, and can be sandblasted and repainted or powder-coated to your custom color specifications.
England, CA 1920.
H: 30 in (76.2 cm) D: 21 in (53.34 cm) W: 48 in (121.92 cm) Seat H: 16 in (40.64 cm)