Planters

Pair of Very Large Willy Guhl Bowl Planters

Pair of Very Large Willy Guhl Bowl Planters

We love these grand shallow planters, designed by the iconic Willy Guhl and made from fiber cement by Eternit SA, who produced all of Guhl's designs. They feature a beautifully-weathered surface, are lightweight, and are durable in all climates. Plant them up with sedum, moss, or a profuse array of annuals and mix a couple with some of our other Willy Guhl planters for a stunning mid-century modern display. Numbered and in excellent condition, these are priced and sold by the pair. Please note that we have another set of 3 in low heavy iron stands that are also identical in size, should you need five for your project.

Swiss, CA 1970s.

H: 11.5 in  Diameter: 47.25 in  

Price:  $7,300, the pair

Ref: CPL 1121 a, b

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Single Enormous Aqua Willy Guhl Saucer Planter

Single Enormous Aqua Willy Guhl Saucer Planter

We were fortunate enough to be able to score three of these enormous saucer planters, all in wonderful condition and with beautifully aged patina. Two have sold and only the one with chippy aqua paint remains. Numbered (and so an authenticated Willy Guhl piece), and made of lightweight and durable fiber cement by Eternit who made all of Willy Guhl's designs, we have since power washed the chipping paint off the aqua one. It had a ~6 inch long very thin, but full-thickness, crack extending through the rim into the bowl on the interior and exterior that has now been seamlessly restored. The scale is striking and mounded with moss or a huge display of sedum, it would be fabulous on the terrace of a large contemporary home or next to an entranceway. 

Swiss, CA 1960s.

Aqua Planter: H: 11.5 in  Diameter: 58.5 in

Price:  $3,850

Ref: CPL 1116

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Large Round French Volvic Stone Fountain Basin

Large Round French Volvic Stone Fountain Basin

We have a secret source in the Southwest of France that continually comes up with exciting finds. This time, it is a large and impressive early 19th C round hand-carved Volvic (volcanic) stone basin with a large drain-hole in the center. The mid-20th C hand-carved hollow cylindrical pedestal was accidentally broken during transport, so we are selling the basin by itself. It would make a perfect low fountain or central planting display in any garden, but its clean lines lend themselves particularly well to a more sleek contemporary space. A small pump can fit neatly inside the basin and you can buy different heads for it online that will give you a variety of water effects, from a gently bubbling fountain to a central flume. There is a bit of rust staining to one side of the basin, that we can try to remove, but it may affect the overall patina. We will soon be filling most of the large central hole in the basin to make it a more suited to a standard plug.

France, CA 1820

H: 13.5 in  Diameter: 45 in

Price:  $5,500

Ref: FOU 1016

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French Green-Glazed Castelnaudary Pot/Planter

French Green-Glazed Castelnaudary Pot/Planter

We love the intense green glaze of Castelnaudary planters, and this one is all the more beautiful for its chipped surface that shows various hues of pink and white beneath the green. Of medium size, this piece would be best grouped with our smaller pair of Castelnaudary pots (CPO 1039) or our larger polychromed Anduze pots (CPO 1034 and CPO 1035) and potted up with herbs or lettuces for an unusual display. French terracotta pots that are glazed on the outside were meant for planting, so these can stay outside in harsh climates if emptied of soil, elevated on feet so the drain holes stay open, and covered for winter. This one, however, is not so large that it can't be brought inside, which is the safer option.

France, CA 1850.

H: 24 in  W: 29 in  D: 23 in

Price:  $3,500

Ref: CPO 1040

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Four Large Willy Guhl Biomorphic Planters

Four Large Willy Guhl Biomorphic Planters

Biomorphic planters are our personal favorites inasmuch as they resemble taco shells and have substantial planting wells. Designed by the iconic Willy Guhl in the 1960s and made by Eternit, SA of durable and lightweight fiber cement, these beauties will work in all climates. These ones are particularly stunning because of their perfect patina and condition. Mix and match with some of the plethora of other Willy Guhl planters of all shapes and sizes that we were fortunate enough to source on our most recent buying trip. We originally had 7 of these, but 3 have sold, so only 4 remain.

Swiss, CA 1960s.

H: 14 in  Diameter: 31.75 in  

Price:  $ 2,500 each

Ref: CPL 1115 a, b, c; CPL 1114 a

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Three Huge Willy Guhl Saucer Planters in Low Steel Stands

Three Huge Willy Guhl Saucer Planters in Low Steel Stands

Designed by the iconic Willy Guhl in the 1960s and made of strong and lightweight fiber cement by Eternit, SA of Switzerland, these numbered saucer planters in low and heavy contemporary steel stands are impressive for their size, condition and patina. While the stands are not original to the planters, they make an grand statement. Plant them up with low mounded moss or sedum for an exceptional contemporary display in your garden or on your terrace or beach house deck. Please note that we have another pair of identical planters without stands (CPL 1121) should you want more of this size and quality. 

Swiss, CA 1960s.

Overall: H: 16 in  Diameter: 47.25 in

Planters Alone: H: 11.5 in  Diameter: 47.25 in

Stands Alone: H: 6 in  Diameter: 38.25 in

Price:  $3,800 each

Ref: CPL 1124 a, b, c

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Two Enormous Hourglass "Diabolo" Planters by Willy Guhl

Two Enormous Hourglass "Diabolo" Planters by Willy Guhl

Now these are a real showstoppers! Tall "Diabolo" planters are quite difficult to find, but we have scored six of the tallest ever made, all sporting fabulous, different polychromed patinas. Designed by the iconic Willy Guhl in the 1960s, and made of fiber cement by Eternit, SA, these are the ultimate mid-century modern garden statement pieces. Group together with our squat (#CPL 1129) Willy Guhl planters for a stunning display at various heights. All are in excellent condition, some are stamped "Eternit", and one retains its original red label. Lightweight and durable in all climates, these should be emptied of soil before cold winters set in. Priced and sold individually. Please note that the red, green, yellow/orange and pale blue one have sold, so the two with white and grey surface remain.

Swiss, CA 1960s.

H: 35.5-36.0 in  Diameter: 21.5 in

Price:  $2,800 each

Ref: CPL 1127 e, f

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Three Small Hourglass "Diabolo" Willy Guhl Planters

Three Small Hourglass "Diabolo" Willy Guhl Planters

Designed by the iconic Willy Guhl in the early 1960s, and made of fiber cement by Eternit, SA, these planters sport various shades of polychromed, old, weathered paint and are in excellent condition (except for one small and barely-visible chip to the rim of the far right planter) Grouped together, they make a stunning statement in a contemporary garden or terrace planted up with sedum or grasses, and punctuated by cascading sweet potato vines around the perimeter. In addition, they can be topped with some of our Willy Guhl bowl planters for a more versatile combination. Priced and sold individually. Please note the green one has sold.

Swiss, CA 1960s.

H: 23.5 in  Diameter: 14.5 in 

Price:  $1,200 each

Ref: CPL 1128 b, c, d

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Enormous Pair of Mid-Century Cast Stone Conical Planters in Stands

Enormous Pair of Mid-Century Cast Stone Conical Planters in Stands

We love this form for a contemporary garden and these planters have great presence. Weighing in at over 350 lbs. each, they have heavy hand-wrought iron stands that sport a lovely moderately rusted surface and traces of old green paint. The planters themselves are in excellent condition except for two small rim chips to one planter shown in photos. We can fix the chips and repaint them if you like for a modest up-charge. The bowls are very large and would look amazing with a profuse planting of grasses, ferns, annuals or sedum. Please note that the height of the planters alone is 24.5", but the overall height with the stands is 26.5". Very heavy, these will need a forklift for pickup and delivery.

France, CA 1950.

H: 26.5 in  D: 43 in

Price:  $5,200, the pair

Ref: CPL 1079

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Large 18th C French Carved Stone Mortar Planter/Fountain

Large 18th C French Carved Stone Mortar Planter/Fountain

This late 18th C mortar was originally used to grind food stuffs or medicines but it is the perfect size for a planter or small fountain. Hand-carved from a hard stone from the Var region of France, it is in excellent condition, with a couple of minor surface hairline cracks, but holds water. It can easily be converted into a small fountain, as it is sufficiently deep to hold a small recirculating pump, or we can drill a center drain hole to convert it into a planter. The patina and coloration are superb and you will not be disappointed with this one! Interior depth = 10".

France, CA 1780.

H: 14 in  D: 21 in  W: 21 in

Price:  $4,175

Ref: CPL 1111

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Large Hand-Chased 19th Century French Copper Cauldron

Large Hand-Chased 19th Century French Copper Cauldron

What a beauty! This large handmade copper cauldron has a thick iron handle that extends on either side and the inside has been polished to a brilliant finish. All hand-chased on the interior with exquisite detail, we have left the original dark green verdigris surface on the outside for an interesting effect. You, however, may want to polish up the exterior as well. There has been an old and very good repair with molten brass to the bottom edge visible in photo #7, but the cauldron is water tight. We think it's a perfect fireplace accessory to hold kindling and small logs, but you may also use it as a planter and we can drill drain holes, flatten the bottom, and have a custom fiberglass liner made if you like (since copper is toxic to plants when they are in direct contact with it.) Alternatively, you can pop a plastic-potted topiary or profuse planting inside for a tidy solution. Please note that the diameter of the cauldron alone (without the handle extensions) is 28", but with the handles extensions, it measures 40.5" wide x 28" diameter x 16.5" hi.

France, CA 1820.

H: 16.5 in  D: 28 in  W: 40.5 in

Price:  $1,375

Ref: DSB 1042

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Three Enormous Elephant Ear Planters by Elo in the Manner of Willy Guhl

Three Enormous Elephant Ear Planters by Elo in the Manner of Willy Guhl

Hardly any dealers know that a mid-20th century French Company named Elo knocked off many of Willy Guhl designs manufactured by Eternit in Switzerland, including that of the famed "Elephant Ear" planters, generally mis-identified as Handkerchief or Mouchoir planters. The distinguishable difference between the Elo version and the Eternit Elephant Ear versions is that the the Elo planters have four downward sloping edges, while the Eternit/Willy Guhl planters have two diagonally-opposing flat corners and two diagonally-opposing downward sloping corners. In fact, if you look carefully at other listings of "Elephant Ear" planters, you will find many that are mis-labeled as being Willy Guhl, when they are, in fact, Elo. Regardless, we have three wonderfully-patinated Elo planters, two of which are in perfect condition, and one that has a chipped edge to two different corners, both of which are old chips and weathered over. We love them all as is, but we can have the chipped one invisibly restored for a modest up-charge if you desire. They look sensational potted up with a profuse array of annuals and sedum that spill over the sides or simply with mounded moss for a sleek Zen look. Made of fiber cement, a lightweight material that is durable in all climates, they can be left outside year-round. 

France, CA 1960.

H: 12.5 in  D: 30 in  W: 31.5 in

Price:  $7250, the set of three

Ref: CPL 1109 A, B & C

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Large French Limestone Cider Mill Planter/Birdbath/FountainOriginal

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.

France, CA 18th C.

H: 10.24 in  Diameter: 43.31 in

Price:  $5,450

Ref: CPL 1106

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15th Century French Granite Lavoir or Trough with Fountain Backplate

15th Century French Granite Lavoir or Trough with Fountain Backplate

This rare and unusual keystone-shaped granite lavoir trough is from Sathe, France and dates to the 15th century. In amazing weathered condition, it has a contemporary feel because of its shape and color and would make an stunning focal point in your garden with its accompanying évier or fountain backsplash, mounted on a wall to cascade water into the lavoir. Alternatively, it would serve as a fabulous planter or self-contained herb garden! Durable in all climates, this one can remain outside uncovered anywhere (but do drain it, please). Very heavy (around 4000 lbs.), it will require a forklift when delivered. It would make an eye-catching fountain presentation in combination with our accompanying évier. The évier, hand-carved in the 15th century from a hard French limestone, was originally used as a receptacle for water piped inside a house through the lipped edge and down the channel to a little pool for washing. We envision it as a backplate for this lavoir fountain, drilled with a simple bronze spigot, with the water flowing down the channel into the lavoir.  The lavoir (trough) measures 19 in high x  44 in wide x 78.5 in deep. The évier (backplate) measures 34 in high x 10 in deep x 44 in wide. Overall height of both pieces together is 53 inches.

France, CA 1480.

H: 53 in  W: 44 in  D: 78.5 in 

Price:  $10,500

Ref: CTR 1013 + FOM 1004

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Enormous Round 19th Century French Hand-Carved Stone Trough

Enormous Round 19th Century French Hand-Carved Stone Trough

One of the most exceptional finds of a recent buying trip, this enormous round trough is hand-carved from a hard limestone known as Pierre de Deux Sevres. Its warm honey color and light weathering are most appealing and it would be stunning as a fountain feature with a center flume or gentle bubble, Alternatively, it's big enough to accept a large tree or exuberant planting, if you choose. In superb condition and very rare in size and shape, this one won't last long! Please note that the lightly-weathered surface is because the piece was used in an indoor building and shielded from the elements, but we guarantee its age. Interior measurements: 47.75 in. diameter x 26.5 in. high interior depth.

France, CA 1820.

H: 35 in  Diameter: 52 in

Price:  $12,650

Ref: CTR 1014

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Large French Rectangular Cast Stone Jardiniere

Large French Rectangular Cast Stone Jardiniere

Large and commodious, this heavy cast stone jardiniere has very good weathered surface and light greening. In excellent condition, the planting well measures 24" long x 12" deep x 13" hi. Elegant rolled rim and a gently angled base give this piece substance and timeless elegance. Beautiful condition overall, a few nicks and very minor chips commensurate with age. 

France, CA 1940.

H: 22 in  D: 17 in  W: 29.25 in

Price:  $3,800

Ref: COJ 1010

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Set of Three Gaudiesque Faux Bois Planters

Set of Three Gaudiesque Faux Bois Planters

A REALLY unusual set of three faux bois planters with heavy moss and partially painted surface in blue and pink. Very Gaudiesque. Deep planting wells and perfect condition. Sold as a set of three, but two comprise a pair (25.25" wide x 14.5" deep x 18.5" hi) while the third one is a bit larger (28.5" wide x 15.75" deep x 20" hi). If you're not keen on the funky blue and pink paint, we can over paint those spots with whatever color you like.

France, CA 1940.

Price:  $4,200, the set of three

Ref: CPL 1099

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Pair of Granite Natsume Tetsubachi Purification Basins

Pair of Granite Natsume Tetsubachi Purification Basins

What a find! This very rare pair of Japanese Natsume Tetsubachi dates to the middle of the Edo Period (1603-1868) and is simply stunning. These were carved in the taller Natsume shape to emulate a jujube fruit, indicating that they were made for an important client or temple. Used at Buddhist temples and in Tea Gardens to provide a water source for purification, they would make an elegant addition to any Japanese or contemporary garden. One has a small crack to the lip that extends approximately 4", but does not affect the structural integrity or appearance. Loaded with beautiful gray-green lichen, they measure 27" hi x 24" diameter, while the interior bowl is 15" diameter x 6.5" deep. Fill the bottom with pebbles and water for traditional use or add papyrus for a contemporary flair. Also deep enough to take a planting of dripping sedum.

Japan, CA 1780.

H: 27 in  D: 24 in

Price:  $10,500, the pair

Ref: COC 1011

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Early French Faux Bois Cylindrical Vase with Faux Flowers

Early French Faux Bois Cylindrical Vase with Faux Flowers

This little beauty is so realistic, you won`t be able to tell the difference between a tree trunk and a hand-carved faux bois container until you pick it up. Dating to around 1890, the cylindrical container has been filled with a lovely faux flower arrangement by Sari Weatherwax and would make a perfect accent piece on a hallway table, your desk or in a powder room. Perfect condition! The container itself measures 6.5" diameter x 7" hi, but the overall height with the faux flowers is 26".

France, CA 1890.

H: 7 in  D: 6.5 in

Price:  $860

Ref: CVA 1005

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Enormous French Cast Stone Flower Basket Planter

Enormous French Cast Stone Flower Basket Planter

This garden basket is just amazing! Its huge size will accommodate a profuse planting and its beautifully weathered surface in old white paint is stunning. Place in the center of an herb or perennial garden for decades of enjoyment. We have restored the chips to the base and the handle, so now it is in perfect condition!

France, CA 1930.

H: 37 in  D: 34.25 in

Price:  $3,850

Ref: CPL 1067

CONTACT US: tracey@theelementalgarden.com