Garden Seating

French 18th C Long Rustic Baux Stone Bench

French 18th C Long Rustic Baux Stone Bench

This rustic beauty is a rare piece indeed. Made of a local stone quarried near the Provencal town of Baux, it is known as Baux stone and is a creamy pale peach color underneath its heavily lichened and mossy surface. There is a shallow, but fist-sized chunk out of one of the corners (shown in photos) that will weather over in a few years time, or we can have it colored for you. The two supports, which are not the same dimensions, but original to the bench, have been mortared in place and we have since colored the one that had grey mortar (see last photo), so it now blends with the rest of the bench. The front side has lovely stepped carving along bottom of the seat, but the back of the bench is plain and strait. One end of the top is uneven and cants backwards from the front, but we think it only lends to the rustic nature of the piece. Please note that this piece weighs on the order of 600 lbs and you will need a forklift or 8 strong men with a pallet jack to unload it at your end, as it will be on a pallet.

France, CA 1780 or earlier

H:  15 in D: 16 in W: 74.75 in

Price:  $6,800

Ref: FBE 1086

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Pair of English Cockspen Garden Armchairs In Teak with Chippy White Paint

Pair of English Cockspen Garden Armchairs In Teak with Chippy White Paint

We love the classical form of these very comfortable English garden chairs, sometimes referred to as “chinoiserie” style, but, in fact, the Brits call them “cockspen” chairs, so that’s good enough for us. Commodious and large, they still have a fair bit of paint, one on more than the other, but are silvered teak beneath the paint. They could, of course, be stripped or re-painted. Perfect at the ends of a large garden dining table, their style will complement a set of more plain chairs, but give you a real pop. Marked with copper plaques on the back side of the seat rail, they read “Andrew Crace Designs, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire”, you can still buy this chair, but new, for around $1500 (shipping to the US not included). So we think they’re a pretty good deal at $1950 for the pair and they’re already here in CT! They are in good vintage condition, with a few nibbles to the bottoms of the feet, but are very solid and sturdy overall and no wobbles.

England, CA 1980

H: 34.25 in D: 24.5 in W: 25.75 in Seat Ht: 17.5 in

Price:  $1,950, the pair

Ref: FCH 1045

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French Three Piece Bistro Set with 19th Century Chairs

French Three Piece Bistro Set with 19th Century Chairs

Oh, to sit in the shade, underneath a tree, with a drink in hand, planning your next holiday. That’s what this lovely three-piece bistro set in old green paint was made for! The chairs have beautiful pierced seats, heart-motif backs, and date to around 1890, while the wrought and sheet iron table dates from the 1930s. Yes, they’re a marriage, but a good one we think, albeit the chairs and table differ slightly in their shades of green. In excellent overall antique condition, the chairs are solid and without wobble, as is the table, whose top is about as level as they come at this age. These can weather all climates outside left uncovered but are light enough to easily bring indoors. And you can always use them on a balcony or in a small kitchen for a cosy corner.

France, CA 1890 and 1930

Chairs: H: 32 in D: 16.5 in  W: 21.63 in Seat Height: 16.5 in Seat Diameter: 15.13 in

Table: H: 27.88 in Diameter: 21.63 in

Price:  $2,100, the set

Ref: FDS 1020

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Scottish "Faux Bois" Fireclay Garden Seat/ Table Base/Pedestal

Scottish "Faux Bois" Fireclay Garden Seat/ Table Base/Pedestal

This little beauty has an extraordinary form, finish and coloration that really does resemble a tree trunk until you are up-close. And then it gets better! Intended as a garden seat, we think it would make an outstanding coffee or side table, indoors or out, or be the perfect pedestal for a naturalistic statue. With a few nicks and chips here and there, these will weather over if left outside, but do not detract from its overall beauty or functionality. And although it is quite sturdy, we would recommend bringing it in during winter if you live in a harsh climate.

Scotland, CA 1920

H: 17.63 in Bottom: 17.25 in x 16.25  Top: 12.25 in diameter

Price:  $2,100

Ref: FTB 1014

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French Hand-Carved Limestone Bench with Simple Supports

French Hand-Carved Limestone Bench with Simple Supports

This lovely and simple bench is a marriage of a pair of hand-carved limestone supports from the mid-19th Century with a carved top from the 1930s. The top is slightly more yellow in color than the supports, especially in the rain, but we think it beautiful nonetheless. Perfect for a resting spot between two large shrubs or trees, this bench should be installed on stone footings underneath the supports to prevent moisture wicking and radial expansion during freeze-thaw cycles in cold climates. Overall condition is good, but there is a missing piece to one of the supports, 3 sides of the supports are unfinished and there are a few nicks to the top edges shown in the photos.

France, CA 1860 and 1930.

H:  19.25 in D: 17.32 in  W: 53.94 in

Price:  $5,800

Ref: FBE 1081

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Enormous-Scale Hand-Made English Wooden Camel-Back Bench

Enormous-Scale Hand-Made English Wooden Camel-Back Bench

There are no adequate words to describe the beauty and scale of this extraordinary English wooden bench, handmade from ash, oak, and sycamore. At over nine feet in width and five feet in height, two people can comfortably sit lengthwise and never touch feet. Six people can sit on it with room to spare. The stunning natural silver and brown patina is true to the color in these photos, which were taken after a rainstorm. Since then, we have sealed the entire bench with a water repellant so it can stay outside and in good condition year-round in any climate. Striking from all angles, the bench is extremely solid and with no wobble, and would be magnificent placed in a woodland garden or at the end of a large allée where an oversized piece is required. Weighing in at around 350-400 lbs, this piece amazes they eye with its form and scale and definitely has the “WOW” factor. Truly, a one-of-a-kind piece, but please install the feet on pieces of stone or concrete footings to prevent sinking and erosion to feet.

England, CA 1930.

H: 60 in D: 34 in W: 110 in Seat Ht: 20 in

Price:  $18,000

Ref: FBE 1085

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SOLD

Very Long French Lichened Teak Bench, Signed Paris

The lichened surface on this estate-sized bench is truly amazing and takes many decades to achieve this perfect patina. At almost 8 feet long, it would be wonderful in front of a long, deep border or for outdoor dining. In excellent structural condition, it has no wobbles or sags and will give you decades of pleasure. Please note that this bench does not need to be covered or brought inside, even in the harshest of winters.

We have a large complementary teak table that will seat 8-10 (FTD 1029), but the bench is slightly longer than the table, so we are selling it separately from the table. Both would do well on a deck or lawn overlooking the ocean or lake, where no one wants their back to the view! Please note that seat height is 16.25 inches.

France, CA 1970

H: 35.5 in D: 23.5 in W: 93.13 SH: 16.25 in

Price: SOLD

Ref: FBE 1067

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Pair of English Lichen-Encrusted Lutyens-Style Benches in Teak

Pair of English Lichen-Encrusted Lutyens-Style Benches in Teak

Elegant and classical without being fussy, Lutyens benches are always a hit with our clients. Perfect in a formal garden or up against a simple green hedge, and originally designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1910, these are particularly notable for their amazing lichen-encrusted surface. Although one bench has more lichen than the other, they both are stand-outs and in excellent structural condition. The photos were taken just after our cherry trees dropped their blossoms, so the pink petals brush off. Lutyens benches were originally made in two lengths and this is the shorter of the two sizes. Feel free to leave these outside and uncovered in all climates year-round and they will only become more beautiful over time.

England, CA 1970s-1980s

H: 49.5 in D: 18.5 in W: 65 in

Price:  $7,600, the pair

Ref: FBE 1088

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Two French Mid-Century Modern Steel Benches

Two French Mid-Century Modern Steel Benches

When we bought these distinctive steel benches in France, we thought they were a pair, but once we started photographing, we noticed that the perforated holes on the left-side bench are just a shade smaller than the ones on the right side (see photos 15 and 16). Nonetheless, unless they are placed tightly side-by-side, none but you will be the wiser. In old white crusty paint with remnants of green underpainting, they would be stunning in a contemporary garden or on the terrace or deck of a modern home. Supremely comfortable with canted backs, we can always have them sandblasted and repainted or powder-coated to your custom specifications for a modest upcharge. Please note that although we would prefer to sell them as a pair, we have listed the price per bench, in case you want just one.

France, CA 1950

H: in D: in

Price:  $1,950 per bench

Ref: FBE 1082 a, b

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Pair of Silvered English Lutyens-Style Bench in Teak

Pair of Silvered English Lutyens-Style Bench in Teak

Elegant and classical without being fussy, Lutyens-Style benches are always a hit with our clients. Perfect in a formal garden or up against a simple green hedge, and originally designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1910, this pair is very solid with moderate silver weathering that will continue to patinate over the years. Lutyens benches were originally made in two lengths and this is the shorter of the two sizes. Feel free to leave this bench outside and uncovered in all climates year-round to hasten the patination. In very good vintage condition overall, there are three legs on one bench and one leg on the other bench that show some nibbles at the bottoms (see photos below), but they do not compromise the beauty or functionality of this pair.

England, CA 1980

H: 49.5 in W: 65 in D: 18.5 in SH: 17.38 in

Price:  $7,200, the pair

Ref: FBE 1073

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Set of Six French Steel Garden Chairs in Green Painted and Rusty Surface

Set of Six French Steel Garden Chairs in Green Painted and Rusty Surface

We bought this set of chairs because they are the MOST comfortable garden chairs you have ever sat in and a near match to 12 others we presently have in stock (FCH 1022 A, B and C). These, however, have rounded-off corners to the backs, so not a complete match. Regardless, these chairs invite you to linger over a meal and are sturdy, supportive, and without any wobble. Three have an old rusted surface and three have older grass-green paint with bits of surface rusting but we can have them sandblasted and repainted or powder-coated to your custom color specifications for a modest upcharge. Their sculptural form is a plus and they would complement nearly any style table. Priced and sold as a set of six.

France, CA 1950

H: 33.63 in D: 20 in W: 15.5 in SH: 16 in

Price:  $3,800, the set of six

Ref: FCH 1021

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French 18th C Wooden Bench/Coffee Table with Hand-Forged Wrought Iron Base

French 18th C Wooden Bench/Coffee Table with Hand-Forged Wrought Iron Base

If you are looking for rustic, this piece is sure to please! We believe the wooden slab may be chestnut, and the legs are thick, hand-forged wrought iron that have been attached to the underside of the top with braces. The wood sports a wonderful old patina and great grain that can only be enhanced with a coat of wax now and then. Perfect in your country home as a bench or coffee table, this one is a beauty! Please note that this piece can remain outside for short periods of time if it is waxed on a regular basis.

France, CA 1780

H: 16 7/8 in Seat D: 15.57 in Overall D: 19.69 in Seat W: 39.75 in Overall W: 43 in

Price:  $2,200

Ref: FBE 1078

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51 Folding French Bistro Chairs in Oak and Wrought Iron

51 Folding French Bistro Chairs in Oak and Wrought Iron

We were hesitant to buy so many bistro chairs at once, but then thought that we could sell them off in lots of whatever our clients want, but the minimum lot size is four. Of course, if you are planning an outdoor wedding, the entire lot would be superb, and because they fold almost flat, they won’t take up a lot of room. There are seven with residual old greenish-blue paint, one with newer slats, and the remainder sport an aged wooden finish. Because they are made of French oak, they are perfectly durable outside in all climates, but we would recommend that if you are going to leave them outside year-round, they should be coated with Permalac, a sealant that repels water and doesn’t change the color or finish of the chairs. Sturdy and comfortable, these will give you decades of pleasure as added seating in your garden for those large parties where extra chairs are always a problem. The dimensions listed below are when the chairs are open, but when folded, they each measure 37.75 inches high x 17.5 inches wide x 3.5 inches deep.

France, CA 1950

H: 33.38 in D: 16.38 in W: 17.5 in SH: 18.38 in

Price:  $195 each

Ref: FCH 1047

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French Scalloped Concrete Bench with Faux Bois Legs

French Scalloped Concrete Bench with Faux Bois Legs

What an unusual form and one that we have never seen before. Made of concrete with a scalloped top and faux bois feet retaining some of their original orange paint, this one will make an outstanding focal point in your garden. In very good condition overall, there are a few very small and structurally insignificant old cracks where the back meets the seat. There is a 2” chip to the front corner of the seat, as well as three small spots on the back where the iron armature shows through, although these can be skimmed over if you like. Extremely comfortable and with a beautifully-weathered surface with bits of moss, the orange paint can be stripped from the feet but will also continue to weather down and lighten over time. Please note that the seat depth is 13 inches and the seat height is 18 inches.

France, CA 1950

H: 31 7/8 in D: 20 in W: 63.5 in Seat Ht: 18 in

Price:  $6,200

Ref: FBE 1076

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Set of Eight French Tolix-Style Steel Stacking Chairs

Set of Eight French Tolix-Style Steel Stacking Chairs

These are some of the most comfortable garden chairs we’ve ever sat in and we buy them whenever we can find them in France. Very similar in style to the famous Tolix T2 Model, these chairs also stack, so are great for a party and take up almost no storage space in the garage or pool house! Four of these chairs have inexplicable orange painted spots on the upper right corner, and one is white (not pink as in the photo), but we can always have them sandblasted and repainted or powder-coated to your custom specifications if you’re not keen on the existing paint. Structurally sound with no wobble or other defects except a few spots of surface rust, these will give you decades of comfortable seating indoors or out. We also have another set of identical chairs in a light green painted surface (Stock #FCH 1039), should you want a matching set of 14.

France, CA 1950

H: 32 in D: 17 in W: 17 in Seat Ht: 17.75 in

Price:  $2,400, the set of eight

Ref: FCH 1038

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Set of Six French Numbered Stools with Frames by Tolix

Set of Six French Numbered Stools with Frames by Tolix

We thought these stools too whimsical and versatile to pass up on our latest buying trip. With frames made from tubular steel by the famous French maker, Tolix, the seats have been replaced with a heavy wood laminate and painted and stenciled with the numbers 1 through 6. Five sport a lovely mottled green and white surface on the frames, and one is predominantly white, but could be overpainted to match the others. Great around a table in a garden (we think the lacquered tops will withstand most weather) or in your kitchen, they have great panache. And because they stack, they won’t take up a lot of room when not in use. Please note the dimensions listed below are overall and each seat measures 12 7/8 inches square. Priced and sold as a set of six.

France, CA 1950

H: 17.75 in D: 15.38 in W: 15.38 in

Price:  $2,950, the set

Ref: FST 1010

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Rare Scottish Wrought Iron Garden Bench

Rare Scottish Wrought Iron Garden Bench

This rare and exceptional late Regency bench is both elegant and unusual in form. It is constructed of hand-forged heavy wrought iron with a canted back that makes for comfortable seating. The bold scrolled ears and arm supports make this a striking piece in any classical or informal garden. In superb antique condition, it has just been sandblasted and powder-coated in a soft satin white finish, so you will never have to worry about rust again.

Scotland, CA 1840.

H: 38.5 in  W: 72.63 in  D: 28 in  SH: 20 in

Price:  $8,500

Ref: FBE 1035

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Pair of 19th C French Wrought Iron Arras Benches

Pair of 19th C French Wrought Iron Arras Benches

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, came undone in shipping and our master metalsmith has just finished making a new matching foot that is color-and size-matched to the other 7 original feet. Of course, the benches can be sandblasted and repainted or powder-coated to your custom specifications or we can clear-coat them with Permalac to preserve their beautiful patina for a modest up-charge.

France, CA 1870.

H: 30 in  D: 21 in  W: 48 in  Seat Ht: 17 in

Price:  $11,250 the pair

Ref: FBE 1068

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Four French Wrought Iron Garden Stools or Side Tables

Four 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. Priced and sold by the pair.

France, CA 1900

FST 1009 A,B: Slotted Stool Dimensions: 

#1: H: 14 7/8"  D: 12 1/8"  W: 12 1/8"       

#2: H: 14 7/8"  D: 12 5/16"  W: 12 5/16"   

#3: H: 14 7/8"  D: 12"  W: 12 1/8" SOLD

 #4: H: 15 7/8"  D: 12 1/2"  W: 12 1/2" (slightly different legs than other 3) SOLD

FST 1009 C: Solid Top Stool Dimensions:

#5: H: 15.5"  D: 12 3/8"  W: 12 3/8"           

#6: H 15 3/8"  D: 12 5/16"  W: 12 5/16"

Price:  $1,950 per pair

Ref: FST 1009 a, c

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English Wirework Garden Bench

English Wirework Garden Bench

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.

England, CA 1980.

H: 30 in  D: 23.5 in  W: 70.75 in  SH: 17 in

Price:  $4,800

Ref: FBE 1072

CONTACT US: tracey@theelementalgarden.com