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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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WROUGHT IRON BISTRO PATIO SET (NEW)
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
WROUGHT IRON BISTRO PATIO SET (NEW)
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$468 Bids
Pair of lattice effect Italian terracotta planters with ponytail palms, Height 140cm
Jun 02, 5:00 PM AEST
Pair of lattice effect Italian terracotta planters with ponytail palms, Height 140cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD354 Bids
GARDEN SEAT
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
GARDEN SEAT
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$53 Bids
(3) Wood Ribbed Patio Umbrellas
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
(3) Wood Ribbed Patio Umbrellas
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
19IN PLANTER
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
19IN PLANTER
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
19IN PLANTER
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
19IN PLANTER
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
Cement Fountain Boy With Shell
Jun 12, 6:00 PM EDT
Cement Fountain Boy With Shell
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
MANNER OF WILLY GUHL CAST COMPOSITE HANDKERCHIEF PLANTER
Jun 07, 10:00 AM CDT
MANNER OF WILLY GUHL CAST COMPOSITE HANDKERCHIEF PLANTER
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2001 Bid
(6Pc) Antique Wrought Iron Chinosarie Garden Patio Chairs
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
(6Pc) Antique Wrought Iron Chinosarie Garden Patio Chairs
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Group of Nine White Iron Planters
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Group of Nine White Iron Planters
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $125- $225
$751 Bid
WICKER PLANTER
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
WICKER PLANTER
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
20IN PLANTER W/YARD ART
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
20IN PLANTER W/YARD ART
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
PLANTER
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
PLANTER
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
GARDEN SEAT
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
GARDEN SEAT
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
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4 Piece patio set
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
4 Piece patio set
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $150- $300
$501 Bid
Classical Resin Planter With Faux Fern Plant
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Classical Resin Planter With Faux Fern Plant
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
8 PIECE WROUGHT IRON PATIO SET
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
8 PIECE WROUGHT IRON PATIO SET
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
5-Piece Outdoor Living Patio Set
May 30, 6:00 PM EDT
5-Piece Outdoor Living Patio Set
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
20IN PLANTER
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
20IN PLANTER
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
20IN PLANTER
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
20IN PLANTER
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
20IN PLANTER
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
20IN PLANTER
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
20IN PLANTER
May 30, 4:00 PM CDT
20IN PLANTER
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Pair of Vintage Concrete Garden Chairs
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of Vintage Concrete Garden Chairs
by Nye & Company
Est: $50- $25,000
$251 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Garden Decor & Accessories


McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company

The Auction Club

The Auction Club

Brunk Auctions

Brunk Auctions

Nye & Company

Nye & Company