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Garden Decor & Accessories

The decoration of gardens with ornamental pieces such as sculptures, figurines, fountains, outdoor furniture, and birdhouses is a pastime enjoyed worldwide. The first gardens to be adorned with decorative objects were in Ancient Greece and Rome, where classical statuary, busts, fountains, urns, sundials, and lounging furniture were the preferred ornamental pieces. In 7th century A.D., artificial rock gardens, or scholar rocks, became important decorative pieces in China, where they inspired intellectuals to gaze and reflect upon upon their asymmetrical, visually stimulating qualities.

The 18th century witnessed an important shift in garden decoration with the fusion of European and Asian styles. In Britain, gardens incorporated ornamental pieces collected in and inspired by distant lands, such as fragments of Egyptian obelisks and miniature pagodas produced in Europe.

During the 19th century, marble and porcelain figurines, especially gnomes, became wildly popular in Germany and were collected and displayed outside homes across Europe and the United States. Garden gnomes remain one of the most sought after decorative pieces for gardens today. An incredible variety of garden ornaments including religious sculptures, bird baths, wind mills, chimes, and Christmas décor are available at auction.


Quick Facts

  • On April 19, 2015, Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills sold a cardboard garden gnome signed by all four members of the Beatles for $42,500
  • The Gardens of Versailles, which are decorated with more than two hundred water fountains, sculptures, and busts, are visited by more than six million visitors each year
  • Wealthy Romans installed extravagant gardens with fountains, chaise lounge chairs, sculpted ancestor busts, and potted plants inside their villas

Recommended Items at Auction

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A large earthenware garden pot
Oct 02, 12:00 PM AEDT
A large earthenware garden pot
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1805 Bids
PAIR OF HALF-BARREL PLANTERS ON STANDS
Oct 03, 10:00 AM PDT
PAIR OF HALF-BARREL PLANTERS ON STANDS
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$1405 Bids
(5pc) Victorian Style Aluminum Patio Group
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
(5pc) Victorian Style Aluminum Patio Group
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
A set of six Art Deco garden chairs, painted and gilt metal, H 72- W 71 cm
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A set of six Art Deco garden chairs, painted and gilt metal, H 72- W 71 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €800- €1,200
€5001 Bid
Large Jeep Tent
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Large Jeep Tent
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Core Equipment 10 Person Tent
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Core Equipment 10 Person Tent
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Vintage Pierced Iron Planter, Jardiniere
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Pierced Iron Planter, Jardiniere
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$10 Bids
Mid-Century Modern Patio Garden Chairs & Table Set
Oct 01, 12:00 PM EDT
Mid-Century Modern Patio Garden Chairs & Table Set
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $150- $300
$500 Bids
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4 Pc Garden Furniture Set
Oct 18, 10:00 AM EDT
4 Pc Garden Furniture Set
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $100- $200
$400 Bids
Trademarked Pair Cement Urn Planters
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Trademarked Pair Cement Urn Planters
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$10 Bids
TWO CAMEL-FORM CERAMIC GARDEN SEATS, MODERN
Oct 19, 10:00 PM EDT
TWO CAMEL-FORM CERAMIC GARDEN SEATS, MODERN
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
A Group of Neoclassical Style Painted Aluminum Garden Furniture
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
A Group of Neoclassical Style Painted Aluminum Garden Furniture
by Hindman
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Rround marble garden/table inlaid with various types of marb ...
Oct 10, 7:00 PM CEST
Rround marble garden/table inlaid with various types of marb ...
by Van Zadelhoff Veilingen en Taxaties
Est: €1,800- €2,400
€1,8000 Bids
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Pair of Wrought Iron Horseshoe Planters c. 1950's
Oct 22, 9:00 AM MDT
Pair of Wrought Iron Horseshoe Planters c. 1950's
by North American Auction Company
Est: $200- $400
$700 Bids
3 piece cast aluminum garden patio set
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
3 piece cast aluminum garden patio set
by King Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
4 teakhouten tuinstoelen met bijpassende tafel met rond blad, h. 85 cm, Ø 95 cm
Oct 03, 7:00 PM CEST
4 teakhouten tuinstoelen met bijpassende tafel met rond blad, h. 85 cm, Ø 95 cm
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €100- €200
€1000 Bids
ovale handgekapte granieten jardinière met gelomde buitenkant en rustend op rechthoekige voet, h.53,
Oct 03, 7:00 PM CEST
ovale handgekapte granieten jardinière met gelomde buitenkant en rustend op rechthoekige voet, h.53,
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €4,000- €6,000
€4,0000 Bids
Modern planter on a wheeled base
Oct 02, 11:30 PM EDT
Modern planter on a wheeled base
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$400 Bids
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THREE-PIECE CAST IRON PATIO SET
Oct 09, 12:00 PM CDT
THREE-PIECE CAST IRON PATIO SET
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
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THREE-PIECE PATIO SET
Oct 09, 12:00 PM CDT
THREE-PIECE PATIO SET
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
A composite stone rectangular planter
Oct 09, 12:00 PM AEDT
A composite stone rectangular planter
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD50- AUD75
AUD450 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Garden Decor & Accessories


EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

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New Orleans Auction Galleries

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