Two Identical English Cast Stone Crouched Panthers
We love the rare form and subject of these figures and their sinuous movement is evident in every detail of the casting. They feature a well-patinated surface with lichen and are in perfect condition. They may be used as a pair, but as they are identical, we are selling them individually. Wonderful by a pond, lurking under a weeping willow, or with both flanking the entrance to your garden or home, you will love these!
Pair of 19th C French Wrought Iron Vineyard Entrance Gates from Bordeaux
These gates are stunners! All hand-wrought from heavy iron and sourced from a vineyard in Bordeaux, they feature their original green paint with mild surface rusting. Their spectacular detailing and craftsmanship is evident throughout and clearly they were made by a master blacksmith. There is one bottom bar that needs bending back into place, as well as a top piece replaced on the center finial, and several of the missing hinges need to be re-made by our excellent blacksmith who will undertake the work during August, 2018, so they should be good to go by mid-September. They have a magnificent presence and would make the perfect entrance to a large garden or in front of your home.
Heavily-Lichened French Cast Stone Pot in Wrought Iron Stand
This lovely pot loos like terracotta, but is actually made of cast stone with a terracotta finish. It has a heavily-lichened surface with beautifully mossing that will continue to grow as long as the pot is placed in a damp and shady spot. It features its original hand-wrought iron stand that elevates the pot to enable drainage. When we bought it, it had a large hole in the underside that we have had seamlessly restored by our master artisan and the repair is undetectable. Lovely as an object d'art in your garden or to hold a planting of wavy grasses, this one does not disappoint! Dimensions below are overall, but the pot alone measures 20.5 in high x 17 in diameter, while the stand measures 3.5 in high x 12.25 in diameter.
Round Coalbrookdale Cast Iron Table Base with Replaced Aluminum Top
Coalbrookdale was THE English Foundry in the 19th Century and became famous for its coke-smelting process that enabled the production of inexpensive cast iron pieces for the home and garden so that garden ornament became affordable even for the middle class. This table features an original Coalbrookdale waveform base with incredibly crisp casting detail, CA 1880 with a lovely, but replaced, pierced aluminum top, CA 1960. It has been sandblasted and powder-coated in a soft white finish so that you will never have to worry about rust again. Pair this table with our Scottish Wrought Iron Bench (Stock #FBE 1035) for a timeless look on your patio or as a perfect spot for cocktails in the garden.
We have always had a thing for hand-blown French garden cloches that come in two configurations...bell form and melon form and were originally used to protect tender plants from early frost. This one is a rare small bell cloche (a little taller and more narrow than a melon cloche) with its original knob intact. It has been converted into a hanging light with three candelabra sockets that each accept up to a 75 watt bulb. The fittings are custom-crafted to each cloche and each light is sold with six feet of cord, matching chain and a canopy (all in a matte espresso brownish-black finish). Beautiful over a table, in a hallway, or your conservatory, these cloche lights bring the outdoors inside! All cloches have some inherent cloudiness from over 100+ years of mineral deposits, but this one is nearly clear, indicating it was infrequently used. The dimensions listed below are for the cloche only. The overall drop from where the three chains meet to the bottom of the cloche is 27 inches. If you want to install it in a low ceiling, you will need 29 inches of clearance to account for the canopy and drop. You can decide the final overall drop using part or all of the 6 feet of cord and chain. If you need a longer chain and cord, we can have the fixture re-worked to your specifications for a modest up-charge.
Harlequin Set of Eight Steel Stak-A-Bye Chairs, Newly Powder-Coated
We love "Stak-a-Bye" chairs for their supreme comfort and sleek styling, and have recently had these sandblasted and powder-coated in a sleek brushed aluminum color that goes with everything. And you will never have to worry about rust again! Wonderful on a terrace or in your garden around a table, they will bring you years of pleasure and service. Originally designed by Harry Sebel and produced by the Stak-A-Bye Company, these chairs have become iconic mid-century pieces. Four of the chairs (back row) are identical with no detailing to the seats, and measure 33 in high x 18 in wide x 18.5 in deep. Four have detailing to the seats but vary slightly in size. Two measure 33 in high x 17.75 in wide x 18.5 in deep, while the other pair measures 32.5 in high x 18 in wide x 18.5 in deep.
We have accumulated quite a collection of normal-sized bell and melon cloches, but this one is particularly special because of its rare smaller size. We have converted the hand-blown glass cloche into a lighting fixture with custom-made triple lighting cluster (3 candle bulbs with a max wattage of 75W), frame, three suspension chains, six feet of cord and additional chain, and a matching canopy with cross-bracket, all in a dark black/brown expresso color. This cloche, originally used for protecting tender plants, is clear, indicating it was rarely used in the garden, if at all. It would make a beautiful fixture for a powder room or small hallway and serves to bring the outdoors in! Please note that the dimensions listed below are for the glass cloche only. The fixture's drop from the intersection of the three chains is 27" and you need at least a 29" drop clearance to install it with the canopy. Of course, you can add height using all or part of the 6 ft. long chain and we can adjust the height upwards if you need it for a modest up-charge.
Magnificent 19th C French Wrought Iron 24 Ft. Long Pergola with Original Brackets
This is truly a very special piece! Sourced from a bistro in Lyon, France, this massive curved-end wrought iron pergola is 24 feet long and features decorative rosettes, its original paint with surface rusting throughout, and four enormous hand-wrought brackets. The frame was originally inserted into a stone wall with the brackets supporting the 4 intersecting rails to provide shade for the bistro's diners. The original insertion parts are still on the brackets, but we have had a massive steel back railing constructed to support the entire structure, as the original one was left behind in the bistro's walls. The frame is now meant to be wall-mounted on a very sturdy wall. The frame separates into two 12 foot long pieces, making transport a bit more easy, but the total frame weight is around 2500 lbs, so a forklift is required to load and unload. A very special piece that you will never find again, it will make your garden!
French Arch-Top Square Arbor with Eight-Armed Plant Hanger
This combination of pieces is truly stunning. The 19th Century square wrought iron arbor has been heightened by seamlessly adding several feet of matching pointed steel stakes to each leg that makes insertion into the ground a breeze. The similarly-aged eight-armed plant hanger is all hand-forged and has been hung from the center of the arbor to create more visual mass and provide a spot to hang 8 lush flower pots that will provide immediate shade while your climbers are getting started on the frame. When installed and planted, you will have a fabulous garden centerpiece that can fit a small table and four chairs for dining or, as shown in the photos, house a large fountain for added oomph. Please note that the copper fountain is not included in the price, but is available for $11,750.
We love these cast stone cup-shaped urns for their wonderful and unusual form, as well as for their lovely weathered patina. Each in two detached parts when we found them, our restoration expert has placed stainless steel pintels in the bases for security and so the bowls can be removed from the bases for easy shipping. One pair is in excellent condition, while the other three have old repairs to the bowls that have been done in grey cement and are visible when the urns are unplanted. However, all five urns are solid structurally and if you plant them with dripping annuals, no one but you will be the wiser. It is quite rare to find five matching large urns and these are very desirable because of their large planting wells, simple form and height. Please note the interior depth on the planting wells is 13 inches high x 12 inches diameter. The exterior diameter of the bowls is 16 inches. Priced and sold as a set.
Now here is a show-stopper for lovers of faux bois! The very rare single-piece kidney-shaped pond is sufficiently deep to float water plants or pot it up with your favorite flowers or veggies. The moss-laden bridge is original to the pond, but lifts off for easy transport and you can walk on it! There is a small old repair to the back edge of the bridge that is very solid and in no way impacts looks or serviceability. The pond is meant to be sunk into the ground, but is also very attractive left above grade. We have applied multiple coats of black rubberized sealant on the exterior of the pond, as well as fixed the cracks and applied waterproof sealant on the entire interior, so the pond is watertight. We would recommend that this piece not be installed below grade in a garden located in harsh climates because the freeze-thaw cycle will wreak havoc with the pond. It will, however, be perfectly fine left outdoors year-round in cold climates if placed on feet or footings, left above grade, emptied and covered for the winter. The bridge will be fine left uncovered. For the true faux bois connoisseur, this is a piece not to be missed.
It is exceptionally rare to find purple cloches of this quality with their knobs intact and we were fortunate enough to score two on our most recent buying trip. Normally green in color, these cloches are purple because of the higher lead content in them that poses no danger to you or your installer. We have converted them into hanging pendant lights, each with a triple candlelight cluster that takes three bulbs up to 75W each. The fixture is being sold with a custom-made iron frame in an espresso color, as well as 6 feet of matching cord, chain, and a ceiling canopy with interior cross bar for easy installation. Please see Stock #LCMC 1019 for the other purple cloche, just in case you want a pair. The dimensions below are for the cloche only. When hung, the height from where the three chains meet to the bottom of the knob is 27.25" and you can decide the drop. Minimum drop is 30" if you just want to hang the fixture from where the 3 chains meet, accounting for the canopy and ceiling attachment. If you need a longer cord and chain, please let us know and we can have the piece re-worked to your custom specifications for a modest up-charge. Beautiful over a table, in a hallway, or your conservatory, these cloche lights bring the outdoors inside!
This stunning wall planter was originally the water-hopper for a firehouse in Norfolk England. We stripped its flaking paint and polished it to a high gloss followed by multiple coats of clear-coating, so rust will not become an issue for many years. It comes complete with a perforated bottom to drain water efficiently. It weighs on the order of 150 pounds, so it will need to be installed into stone or joints with heavy bolts, but what an effect! Pot it up with a profuse array of annuals or plant small trimmed topiary in it for best effect.
Tall 17th C French Mossy Elaborately Hand-Carved Limestone Finial
This ancient tall finial once served as the capstone for an important building and is known as an "Epí de Faîtage". Its carving is sensational and it has developed an exceptional patina over the course of 350 years that includes a heavy growth of moss. The moss was a bit dry when these photos were taken, but it will return to its lustrous green if placed in a shady and moist area of your garden. The base of the finial base has an area of loss on the back side, but nothing that compromises its beauty or durability. Further, we believe the topmost finial is a later replacement. We have placed the finial on a separate piece of stone to further elevate it, but you may choose not to, as it is stable without the additional block of stone. Perfect as a focal centerpiece in your rose or herb garden or enjoy it in a woodland garden where the greening will be maximized. Please note that we have listed the dimensions below without the additional block of stone that measures 15.5 inches wide x 12 inches deep x 7.5 inches high, so the overall height of the finial with the block is 47.75 inches.
It is exceptionally rare to find purple cloches of this quality with their knobs intact and we were fortunate enough to score two on our most recent buying trip. Normally green in color, these cloches are purple because of the higher lead content in them that poses no danger to you or your installer. We have converted them into hanging pendant lights, each with a triple candlelight cluster that takes three bulbs up to 75W each. The fixture is being sold with a custom-made iron frame in an espresso color, as well as 6 feet of matching cord, chain, and a ceiling canopy with interior cross bar for easy installation. Please see Stock #LCMC 1020 for the other purple cloche, just in case you want a pair. The dimensions below are for the cloche only. When hung, the height from where the three chains meet to the bottom of the knob is 27.25" and you can decide the drop. Minimum drop is 30", if you just want to hang the fixture from where the 3 chains meet, accounting for the canopy and ceiling attachment. If you need a longer cord and chain, please let us know and we can have the piece re-worked to your custom specifications for a modest up-charge. Beautiful over a table, in a hallway, or your conservatory, these cloche lights bring the outdoors inside!
Three Pairs of English Cast Stone Pineapple Finials
We love the traditional welcoming icon of pineapples in any form, but especially when they are as well done as these finials. Each is in two parts and features beautiful weathering (medium to dark) with lichen and some moss. We were lucky enough to source three identical pairs, but are selling them by the pair. Perfect flanking a doorway or atop gate piers at the entrance to your driveway or garden, these do not have to be covered or brought inside during winter. Originally from a stunning country house in Gloucestershire, they would do your own country estate proud. When you contact us, please tell us which of the three pairs appeals most to you. Pair #1 is shown in photos #2-6; Pair #2 is shown in photos #7-11 and Pair #3 is shown in photos #12-16. The entire set is shown in the first photo and the last 2 photos. Please note that one of the finials in Pair #1 needs a restoration to the base (see Photo #6 where the pineapple meets the base) from shipping breakage, but we will soon have that completed. Minor chipping to some of the pineapples does not impair their beauty or serviceability.
Pair of Life-Sized English Cast Stone Eagles with Outstretched Wings
This grand pair of cast stone eagles is simply stunning, and the size is notable. Identical in nature, the detailed casting shows the eagles with fully-outstretched wings, having just alighted on rocky outcropped bases. The depth and detail of the wings, claws and tail is outstanding and they would make the perfect adornments atop tall gate piers at the entrance to your home or garden. There is a very small and barely-noticeable chip to one feather of one wing that has full weathered-over, so it is not discernible to the casual eye. With gorgeous patination, these eagles will do your estate proud.
Now here is a figure we've never seen before and it is a stunner! A male turkey, nearly life-sized, he has been hand-carved from limestone and beautifully-weathered over the course of many years. Difficult to see because of the patination, his head features a prominent snood and wattles and the carving on his feathers and claws is exceptional. He would be stunning placed atop a pedestal at the center of a parterre or in the midst of a vegetable garden. In perfect condition, he is a most unusual find and one that will not last long. Benjamin Franklin advocated for the turkey to become the national bird of the United States, but lost out to Charles Thomson's choice of the bald eagle, which Franklin considered a "bird of bad moral character".
English Cast Stone Statue of a Recumbent Labrador Puppy
This little guy is SO adorable! Finely cast and in a recumbent position, his soulful expression and upturned head with tongue showing makes him the most expressive dog we have ever had. He has beautiful weathering and greening to the entire piece that will turn into moss if he is kept in a damp and shady spot. In perfect condition, he will make a lifelong friend that is long on charm and short on upkeep.
This lovely pair of cast stone hounds features light weathering with some lichen to the heads and backs that will continue to deepen if kept outside. Their alert expression makes them perfect candidates to act as sentries to your front door or flanking the entrance to your garden. One has a small spot on its front leg that has worn through so that the underlying armature shows through, but we can have this restored for you if you like for a modest up-charge of $150. Please note that the lighting conditions when the photos were taken make them appear lighter in color than they actually are. Further, the dimensions below reflect the body of the hounds, but the bases measure 10.25 inches wide x 14.5 inches deep.