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Garden Ornaments

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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Cast Concrete Dog Sculpture
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Cast Concrete Dog Sculpture
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Cast Concrete Pig Garden Sculpture
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Cast Concrete Pig Garden Sculpture
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Figural Concrete Garden Sculpture
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CDT
Figural Concrete Garden Sculpture
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
A box of garden accessories
Oct 08, 10:00 AM AEDT
A box of garden accessories
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD151 Bid
Two boxes of Garden accessories
Oct 08, 10:00 AM AEDT
Two boxes of Garden accessories
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD151 Bid
Envirascape Rock Garden
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Envirascape Rock Garden
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Anne Van Canneyt (1950), untitled garden sculpture, patinated bronze on a rust iron stand, H 200 cm
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
Anne Van Canneyt (1950), untitled garden sculpture, patinated bronze on a rust iron stand, H 200 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €600- €800
€4001 Bid
Resin Planter With Faux Flowers
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Resin Planter With Faux Flowers
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Pair of French painted cast iron garden figures of putti, each approx 57cm H (2)
Oct 05, 4:00 PM AEDT
Pair of French painted cast iron garden figures of putti, each approx 57cm H (2)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1601 Bid
Massive Pair Cast Iron 2 Piece Garden Urns
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Massive Pair Cast Iron 2 Piece Garden Urns
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
2 Rabbit Garden figurines
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
2 Rabbit Garden figurines
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
IRON MALAYSIAN GARDEN SCULPTURE
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
IRON MALAYSIAN GARDEN SCULPTURE
by Withington Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
GARDEN SCULPTURE
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
GARDEN SCULPTURE
by Withington Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$801 Bid
3 PIECE GARDEN LOT
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
3 PIECE GARDEN LOT
by Withington Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
BRONZE FOUNTAIN WINGED FIGURES POURING WATER 61"H
Oct 16, 10:00 AM CDT
BRONZE FOUNTAIN WINGED FIGURES POURING WATER 61"H
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$8001 Bid
Primitive Molded Concrete Memorial Lamb
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CDT
Primitive Molded Concrete Memorial Lamb
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $75- $125
$251 Bid
FOLK ART BIRD HOUSE BY SAM EZELL
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
FOLK ART BIRD HOUSE BY SAM EZELL
by Ledbetter Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
zandstenen tuinbeeld van putto op bijbehorende sokkel, totale h. 149 (kleine manco's)
Oct 03, 7:00 PM CEST
zandstenen tuinbeeld van putto op bijbehorende sokkel, totale h. 149 (kleine manco's)
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €700- €900
€7000 Bids
beschilderde gietijzeren tuinbeeld met voorstelling van putto, versierd met vergulde accenten, 19e e
Oct 03, 7:00 PM CEST
beschilderde gietijzeren tuinbeeld met voorstelling van putto, versierd met vergulde accenten, 19e e
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €1,400- €1,600
€1,4000 Bids
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A matched pair of large scale granite basins, 19th century
Oct 13, 11:00 AM CEST
A matched pair of large scale granite basins, 19th century
by Sotheby's
Est: €20,000- €30,000
€20,0000 Bids
stel Engelse George III loden tuinornamenten in de vorm van classisistische urnen met leeuwenkoppen
Oct 03, 7:00 PM CEST
stel Engelse George III loden tuinornamenten in de vorm van classisistische urnen met leeuwenkoppen
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €4,000- €8,000
€4,0000 Bids
3 diverse tuinbeelden in de vorm van cupido, dolfijn en bloemenmand, h. 37 en 70 cm -herkomst: M.L.
Oct 06, 7:00 PM CEST
3 diverse tuinbeelden in de vorm van cupido, dolfijn en bloemenmand, h. 37 en 70 cm -herkomst: M.L.
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €75- €100
€700 Bids
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American Geometric Motif Fountain
Oct 08, 10:00 AM CDT
American Geometric Motif Fountain
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Garden Ornaments


Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

Uniques & Antiques

Uniques & Antiques

Withington Auctions

Withington Auctions

New Orleans Auction Galleries

New Orleans Auction Galleries