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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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(3) Outdoor Planter Pots
Feb 29, 6:00 PM EST
(3) Outdoor Planter Pots
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$4016 Bids
Outdoor Planter Pot 11 3/4 x 15 in. (29.8 x 38.1 cm.)
Feb 29, 6:00 PM EST
Outdoor Planter Pot 11 3/4 x 15 in. (29.8 x 38.1 cm.)
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$236 Bids
Flower Pots With Live Plants 11”
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Flower Pots With Live Plants 11”
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$74 Bids
Richard Turner and Eric Carroll Desert Steel: Two Weathered Saguaro Cactus
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
Richard Turner and Eric Carroll Desert Steel: Two Weathered Saguaro Cactus
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $100,000
$1502 Bids
A five piece suite of white painted iron garden furniture
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
A five piece suite of white painted iron garden furniture
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Vintage cast aluminum ornate garden settee
Feb 25, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage cast aluminum ornate garden settee
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Potted Cacti
Feb 25, 9:00 AM MST
Potted Cacti
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
5.5" Blooming Baby Groot Planter Pot
Feb 29, 9:00 PM EST
5.5" Blooming Baby Groot Planter Pot
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
French Wrought Iron Patio Set
Mar 03, 10:00 AM CST
French Wrought Iron Patio Set
by Rivich Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
A RARE FAUX BOIS TERRACOTTA GROTTO OR CONSERVATORY SEAT ATTRIBUTED TO JULIUS WHITEHEAD
Mar 05, 10:30 AM GMT
A RARE FAUX BOIS TERRACOTTA GROTTO OR CONSERVATORY SEAT ATTRIBUTED TO JULIUS WHITEHEAD
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£1,0000 Bids
White Painted Cast Iron Grape & Leaf Four-Piece Garden Seating Set, 20thC
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
White Painted Cast Iron Grape & Leaf Four-Piece Garden Seating Set, 20thC
by Winfield Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
2 beschilderde gietijzeren tuinvaasjes, 19e eeuw, …
Feb 29, 7:00 PM CET
2 beschilderde gietijzeren tuinvaasjes, 19e eeuw, …
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €150- €200
€700 Bids
Round plain cast iron corn planter seat
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Round plain cast iron corn planter seat
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$500 Bids
Plain round cast iron planter seat with bracket
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Plain round cast iron planter seat with bracket
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$500 Bids
Snake plant live from estate
Feb 25, 6:30 PM EST
Snake plant live from estate
by A KLEINS AUCTION GALLERY LLC
Est: $30- $150
$100 Bids
Troy round cast iron planter seat
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Troy round cast iron planter seat
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$500 Bids
Geo W Brown cast iron round planter seat
Mar 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Geo W Brown cast iron round planter seat
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$500 Bids
Antique French Faux Bois Garden Set
Mar 03, 10:00 AM CST
Antique French Faux Bois Garden Set
by Rivich Auction
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
TEAK OUTDOOR TOWEL RACK
Feb 26, 5:00 PM EST
TEAK OUTDOOR TOWEL RACK
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$400 Bids
EARLY 20TH-CENTURY CAST IRON GARDEN SEAT
Mar 06, 10:00 AM GMT
EARLY 20TH-CENTURY CAST IRON GARDEN SEAT
by Sheppards
Est: €1,400- €1,800
€8000 Bids
Pair of Gilt-Decorated Porcelain Garden Seats
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Pair of Gilt-Decorated Porcelain Garden Seats
by STAIR
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
LAVANEST INDOOR OUTDOOR EGG CHAIR W CUSHION 47.25"
Feb 26, 5:00 PM EST
LAVANEST INDOOR OUTDOOR EGG CHAIR W CUSHION 47.25"
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $2,300- $2,400
$4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Garden Decor & Accessories


Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC

Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC

DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions

DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions

Apple Tree Auction Center

Apple Tree Auction Center

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal