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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Excellent Group of Garden Iron
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Excellent Group of Garden Iron
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$659 Bids
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CAROL SUMMERS "FOUNTAIN" COLOR WOODCUT
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
CAROL SUMMERS "FOUNTAIN" COLOR WOODCUT
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$556 Bids
Vintage Bird Bath
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Bird Bath
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
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CLARICE CLIFF FOOTED VASE MY GARDEN
Oct 21, 9:30 AM AEST
CLARICE CLIFF FOOTED VASE MY GARDEN
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD30- AUD80
AUD352 Bids
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GARDEN STAKES TOMATOES
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
GARDEN STAKES TOMATOES
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
Live Plant
Oct 23, 3:00 PM EDT
Live Plant
by Bob Stutler's Auction
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
Live Plant
Oct 23, 3:00 PM EDT
Live Plant
by Bob Stutler's Auction
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
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Zinc Finials & Dolphin Fountain
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Zinc Finials & Dolphin Fountain
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
Group of Garden Animals
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Group of Garden Animals
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Vintage Cast Metal Frog Fountain
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Cast Metal Frog Fountain
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$401 Bid
Clarice Cliff "My Garden Series" with decorative Flower Base
Oct 19, 6:00 PM AWST
Clarice Cliff "My Garden Series" with decorative Flower Base
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD701 Bid
19TH CENTURY BRONZE GARDEN SCULPTURE, DEPICTING A
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
19TH CENTURY BRONZE GARDEN SCULPTURE, DEPICTING A
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
Pair of cast garden urns
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Pair of cast garden urns
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
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Victorian Cast Iron Garden Urn
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
Victorian Cast Iron Garden Urn
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0001 Bid
PAIR OF CAST CONCRETE GARDEN PLANTERS
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
PAIR OF CAST CONCRETE GARDEN PLANTERS
by O'Gallerie
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
BRASS SWAN GARDEN SCULPTURE
Oct 19, 11:00 AM EDT
BRASS SWAN GARDEN SCULPTURE
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $1,000
$501 Bid
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PLASTIC PINEAPPLE FOUNTAIN UNTESTED
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
PLASTIC PINEAPPLE FOUNTAIN UNTESTED
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
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ALPINE OUTDOOR METAL MULTICOLOR WINDMILL DECOR
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
ALPINE OUTDOOR METAL MULTICOLOR WINDMILL DECOR
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
PAIR OF CONCRETE GARDEN PLANTERS
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
PAIR OF CONCRETE GARDEN PLANTERS
by O'Gallerie
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
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LOT OF BIRD HOUSES
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
LOT OF BIRD HOUSES
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
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AIRPLANE YARD DECOR
Oct 25, 12:00 PM EDT
AIRPLANE YARD DECOR
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
White Painted Cast Iron Youth Figural Garden Ornament, H: 22 in
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
White Painted Cast Iron Youth Figural Garden Ornament, H: 22 in
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Garden Ornaments


Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

New Orleans Auction Galleries

New Orleans Auction Galleries

Aether Auctions

Aether Auctions

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida