Large French Limestone Cider Mill Planter/Birdbath/Fountain
We found this wonderful all original cider mill basin near Agen, in the SW of France, and it is a stunner! Loaded with moss and lichen, it is in two parts that can easily be mortared together should you wish to use it as a fountain or a birdbath. Alternatively, we think it would be fabulous with the two halves abutted and then planted with a profusion of succulents. We have made a small repair to the edge of one half to repair a break incurred in shipping, but it is barely detectable. At over 43" in diameter, it would make a stunning focal point in your herb or rose garden. This piece weighs on the order of 500 lbs., so a forklift or 4+ strong men will be required to place it. Thankfully, it is in 2 parts.
This hand-carved octagonal Purbeck stone birdbath is quite rare in that it has 2 drinking wells for your feathered friends. The top bowl features a center bird perch, while the base has been configured to also accept water. In exceptional condition with a lovely weathered patina and bits of moss, this birdbath in 3 parts will make a stunning focal point in your small herb garden or place it among hostas and vinca in a woodland setting. Purbeck is a hard English limestone that will withstand cold climates, although we recommend turning the top bowl upside down over the winter. The top bowl measures 16.5" diameter while the base measures 17.5" diameter.
This charming octagonal cast stone birdbath in three parts is the perfect accent piece for your herb garden. Your feathered friends will appreciate its shallow bowl (they like to stand when drinking) and the lovely weathered surface will add an old-world elegance to your garden. In perfect condition. Dimensions: 30.3" hi x 15" diameter top x 13" diameter base. What appear to be cracks on the inside of the bowl are actually dribbles of water and it is in perfect condition.
This elegant Edwardian birdbath is hand-carved and beautifully weathered with some mossing. In perfect condition, except for one area on the base that has some flaking (see next-to-last photo), it would be the ideal accent piece in your small rose garden. Your feathered friends will appreciate the shallow bowl and the pink area inside is only the remnants of red algae that will scrub out. Carved birdbaths of this age and condition are impossible to find at a reasonable price these days, so don't wait until spring! The base measures 15" square, while the bowl measures 14" square.
This cast stone fonts has it all...worn cream-colored paint, mossy edges, good depth, stunning form, and great presence. Its superb height (36") makes it a prime candidate for a focal point in your garden or on the terrace. With great versatility, it can function as a planter, fountain, or birdbath. Perfect for your contemporary home and garden and durable in all climates. Excellent overall condition.