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
Pair of English 19th Century Terracotta Pedestals by James Stiff and Sons
James Stiff was an English potter born in Suffolk who worked at Eleanor Coades’ Artificial Stone Company in Lambeth, South London, and then at Doulton and Watts Pottery (also in Lambeth). He eventually went on to own his pottery works in 1843. From 1845 on, he is listed at 39 High Street. His sons joined the firm in 1863, and the firm became known as James Stiff and Sons. The firm was sold to Royal Doulton in 1913. These sensational and signed pedestals were once chimney pots, but have recently had tops added by a master craftsman. The work is seamless and undetectable and we love that they are now more functional than chimney pots. In a gorgeous creamy biscuit shade of terracotta, they would be stunning flanking a doorway or entrance to a garden, perhaps with urns or statues on top. In excellent antique condition, they do have a few minor chips to the bottoms of the bases, but nothing that impairs their look or functionality. Please note that although these can remain outside year-round in temperate climates, they should be brought inside in harsh winter climates. We recommend installing them on pieces of stone or concrete footings if they are to bear a heavy load. Priced and sold by the pair.
England, CA 1860s
H: 32.38 in Bottom Diameter: 15 in Top Diameter: 14 1/8 in
English Hand-Carved 19th Century Bathstone Pedestal
Good hand-carved stone pedestals are difficult to source, and come in handy when you’re looking to raise up that lovely piece of statuary or urn in your garden. This one is a beauty and can be used with both its long or short side facing upwards. In good antique condition, it has a beautifully-weathered surface and the normal nicks and chips one would expect in a piece dating to the early 19th Century. Bathstone is hard and can be left outside and uncovered in all climates, but we do recommend siting it on a piece of stone or concrete footing to prevent moisture-wicking.
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.
Enormous French 18th C Carved Stone Roller Sculpture
Known in French as "rouleaux", these large hand-carved stone pieces were originally used to grind wheat, but now decorate the French countryside as gate piers on either side of a driveway. This one is enormous, loaded with moss and lichen, and dates to the mid-18th C. It features its original wrought iron spike at the top, which is inset into the stone with mortar, but we would think about removing it so this wonderful monolithic piece could stand alone in your garden as a piece of ancient, yet contemporary-looking, sculpture. Alternatively, it may be possible to drill a vertical hole through the center to convert it into a fountain. Either way, it makes for a unique and statuesque piece in either a classical or contemporary garden. Please note this piece weighs about 2000 lbs. and requires a forklift.
Pair of French Carved Sandstone Pedestals or Console Table Bases
This stunning pair of hand-carved sandstone columns comes from the area around Marseilles and features classical Moorish-influenced carving on the tops and bottoms. in excellent condition for their age, they work beautifully flanking an entrance to a garden, as pedestals to display sculpture, or as the bases for a tall console table with a piece of heavy glass or variegated marble or granite across the top.
This pair of tall, hand-carved Yorkstone pedestals is simply stunning. Each is carved from a single block of stone and their beautifully-weathered surface and simple form will work in any garden setting, classic or contemporary. They would be particularly impressive with a pair of large finials or urns flanking the entrance to your door, garden or driveway. Alternatively, use them as bases for modern sculpture in your garden. In very good condition for their age, they have a few chips here and there but nothing that impacts their look or serviceability. Very heavy, they each weigh about 500 lbs.
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!
Pair of English Carved Yorkstone Table Bases or Pillars
What a great pair of table bases! Classic in form and hand-carved from warm, golden-colored Yorkstone, these bases survived the coaldust-filled Industrial revolution in northern England, and so, have a blackened surface with early greening. Top with a large slab of granite or dramatic rough-hewn stone for a sensational dining table outdoors or in (and you don't have to pay for shipping the top!). Alternatively, use for a console table or a pair of round 48" dining tables.
This handmade round wooden pedestal with square foot has a lovely scraped paint surface and the size makes it extremely versatile for holding a large pot, statue or urn. In great condition, it should remain indoors or on a covered porch for greatest longevity.
England, CA 1920.
H: 29.75 in D: 19.25 in W: 19.75 in Diameter: 17.88 in
This delightful pair of cast lead putti feature upraised arms to accept either flowerpots or can serve as table bases. In perfect, weathered condition with superb patina and beautiful detail, they would make a stunning addition to either side of your entrance-way. Hardy in all climates, these do not need covering in the winter.
This graceful, tall, plaster pedestal has a clean pale cream-colored surface and fine detail on the column. Perfect for an extravagant floral arrangement or statue as the focal point in an entry hall or library. This piece must remain indoors, as plaster "melts" over time when exposed to the elements. In very good condition overall. Weathering commensurate with age.
Tall English Terracotta Chimney Pot Planter/Pedestal
Rare because of its size, this hand-thrown terracotta chimney pot was removed from an enormous building in the Southeast of England near Kent. It would make a wonderful focal point in the center of a garden, and is just the right size to hold a nursery basket of profuse, dripping blooms. Alternatively, top with a piece of stone or wood for a fabulous pedestal.
We found this amazing fireclay garden seat in the far northern reaches of England, close to the Scottish border. Shaped like a tree trunk, it is covered with bark, leaves, knotholes and even a few seedpods, all hand-sculpted in bas relief. The slightly concave top has a large drainage hole and is very comfortable...with or without a cushion. It would also make a sensational side table or pedestal for a statue. In excellent condition overall; miniscule traces of old paint; old separation at base was designed to be like that by the artist to mimic a real tree trunk. Please note that photos 1-5 show the seat when dry, while photos 6-8 show the seat when wet.
Pair of Tall English Carved Stone Pedestals or Columns
These impressive hand-carved stone pedestals/columns have an unusual form, as they are tapered cylinders with a round foot and larger square tops. The square tops have some damage that can either be restored, cut off, or left as is. Heavy and sturdy, they have held pieces that weigh 400 lbs + and would be wonderful flanking the entrance to your garden or home with urns or figures atop them. They can also be transformed into gate piers if you so desire.
England, CA 1860.
H: 38 in Top: 16.25 in square Base: 15 in diameter