Set of Sixteen French Cast Iron 19th Century Bollards with Original Chains
Most homes and gardens have a spot that needs to be cordoned off to prevent unwanted access and these fabulous bollards will do it in style! When we bought them, they had no way of being stabilized in an upright position, so we had custom, heavy-duty pointed stakes about 14” high welded to the bottom of each bollard so they are easily inserted into the ground and stay where you put them…no concrete footing needed. Each bollard is separated by a removable chain that hook onto connectors on the bollards. There are 15 chains, of which 12 measure 36 inches in length and 3 of which measure 32 inches in length, but when you’ve installed them, only will a trained and critical eye see the difference, as it is very slight. The bollards and chain retain their original silver paint and have a small amount of surface rusting, commensurate with age and wear, but they can always be repainted if you like.
France, CA 1870
Bollards: H: 22 in D: 3 3/8 in W: 3 3/8 in; Bottom of bollards measure 2.63 inches square.
Enormous French 19th C Wrought Iron Demilune Window Frame/Mirror/Trellis
We are total suckers for great architectural pieces, particularly those with massive scale, although we often have difficulty sharing our visions for each piece with our clients. This is a spectacular ten-foot wide mid-19th C demilune window frame that still has one old pane of non-original glass, but think of the possibilities! It could be mirrored and installed in a grand entranceway, or we could have steel supports welded to the bottom so it will stand alone as a trellis (or reflecting mirror) in a garden. We also have some large brackets stashed somewhere in the barn that could be attached perpendicularly to the corners of the straight edge and the entire piece mounted as a pergola or glassed-in protective shield over a doorway. Or stand it up against a barn and let the climbing vines go to work. Regardless, it is a treasure and in perfect structural condition (we will knock out the remaining glass shards to keep you safe).
It's rare to see Willy Guhl dog houses, but we've never come across one with its original pan before. Originally made in two sizes, this is the larger of the two. This one is a beauty, loaded with moss and lichen, and in very good condition overall. The house itself has been skim-coated with a rough cement-like compound that has worn away in some places, but this only adds to the overall patina and effect. Large enough to house a medium-sized dog, give your four-legged family member a stunning gift that works in any contemporary or mid-century setting. Please note that there is a small chip to the front right corner of the dog house, and the pan has a missing piece shown in the photos. Made of lightweight and durable fiber cement, this piece can be left outside year-round, but we would site the pan on stone or gravel. The dog house alone measures 38.25 inches wide x 29.08 inches deep x 31 inches high, while the pan measures 39.25 inches wide x 30.5 inches deep x 2.75 inches high (including the interior lip). Overall dimensions for the two pieces assembled are listed below.
Large, well-priced garden structures are particularly difficult to find, but we scored a winner in this American wrought iron arbor dating to the 1920s. In two sections that screw together at the top, it features a sturdy riveted wrought iron frame with lovely cross-hatched undulating thick wire attached to the frame. True and straight in form, and with no repairs or missing pieces, it will support pretty much any climber except for aggressive wisteria that when mature, is too heavy for all antique arbors. Imagine this beauty at the far end of an allée covered in Montana Rubens Clematis or Flowering Trumpet Vine. In an old black painted surface with some surface rusting, this arbor is lovely and durable in all climates and we love its look as is, but can have it sandblasted and powder-coated or re-painted to your custom specifications for a modest up-charge. Please note that the depth without the feet is listed below, but the depth including the feet is 32 inches.
Trellises are always both practical and eye-catching items in the garden and it's not too often we find six tall French tree guards in a good green color. These have minor surface rusting to the bottoms where they are inserted into the earth, normal for pieces of this age and use, and each tree guard comprises two pieces that have slotted connection points where they are to be bound together with wire or twine. We are selling these individually , each tree guard has two pieces. They are wonderfully versatile and can be separated and placed against a long wall as demilune trellises or used as the circular trellises. In very good condition overall with minor surface rusting and the normal dings commensurate with age and use. Please note that diameter below is for the bases.
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.
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.
These two sweet window boxes are fabricated from wrought and sheet iron and have a delicate curve to them at each front. Painted a dark green with some light surface rusting, they would serve as ideal trays for potted plants, either on the ground or raised up on a table. And what a steal!
The larger one measures 44.25" wide x 8 3/8" high x 12.5" depth x 2 3/8" tray height. The smaller one measures 31.5" wide x 6 7/8" high x 11" deep x 2 3/8" tray height.
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.
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.
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 adore the weathered green painted surface of this unusual hexagonal-shaped zinc birdcage as well as its all-original condition. The pagoda-shaped roof with round finial is stunning and has lovely outwardly-sloping edges with little scrolled corbels at each corner. With its original wooden bird perch and zinc tray, this would make a wonderful home for your small feathered friends or a stunning centerpiece filled with ferns, moss or sedum. There are two doors, an inner rectangular one framed by an outer arched one that open separately and add lots of visual interest. Perfect outside or in, it will give you years of pleasure as a decorative or functional piece.
What a rare find! This long three-sided faux bois balconiere (balcony) originally fronted a pair of French doors and has its original bottom and three sides. Perfect as a decorative piece to hold flower pots, or get more creative and use it as a fireplace fender. Good condition (a couple of dings and worn spots) with a nicely-weathered surface and some moss.
Magnificent Pair of 17th C Carved Stone Heraldic Plaques of York and Lancaster
These fabulous and very large hand-carved stone plaques depict the heraldic symbols of the Houses of York and Lancaster (the War of the Roses). In overall good condition, with old iron repairs to the sides and a few cracks, they are completely solid and loaded with moss. The bas relief carving is crisp and deep and features the Roses of York and Lancaster, surrounded by leaves and with the name of each house at the bottom. Removed from a prominent estate in Gloucestershire, where they were moved to in the early 18th C, these plaques likely date to the 17th C. They would make magnificent adornments to your country estate, affixed to or embedded in a wall or in gate piers.
Set of Four French Carved Stone Curb Stones or Pedestals
We found this set of four hand-carved pink sandstone curb stones in Northern France, covered in moss and lichen and begging to come to the U.S. They look marvelous placed end-to-end or spaced with short runs of low hedging in between them. Alternatively, turn them on end and use them for pedestals for urns or small statues. Minor chipping and weathered surface commensurate with age and use. Weatherproof in all climates!
English Victorian Wrought Iron Rose Tunnel/Pair of Arbors
Originally a dog kennel attached to a manor house, our metalsmith has added the cross-hatched bottom pieces to raise this magnificent piece to over 7 ft tall. Perfect with its back door attached to ensconce a statue, or as a walk-through rose tunnel. Five pieces easily bolt together. It can also be separated into a pair of arbors 5 ft wide x 4 ft deep. Please note that the door is not shown in these photos, but we have it, although it fits only the opening above the cross-hatched addition.
We bought two of these wooden trellises years ago in Chicago and have found use for only one, so this one is up for sale. Heavy and sturdy, it will support any climber in great style and you can see how it's fared with a 20 foot high climbing hydrangea in the last photo. Use alone or mount a fountain mask on it with a vessel below for a cool splash of water in your garden! Please note these photos were taken a few years back and the trellis now requires a new paint job, but is structurally sound.