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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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PAIR CAST STONE MELON FORM URNS
May 23, 10:30 AM EDT
PAIR CAST STONE MELON FORM URNS
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $200- $400
$2508 Bids
(2) Concrete Guardian Lions on Column Pedestals
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
(2) Concrete Guardian Lions on Column Pedestals
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$458 Bids
PAIR CAST STONE URNS WITH FLORAL MOTIF
May 23, 10:30 AM EDT
PAIR CAST STONE URNS WITH FLORAL MOTIF
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $200- $400
$1505 Bids
Italian Alabaster Bird Bath
May 26, 10:00 AM MST
Italian Alabaster Bird Bath
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$605 Bids
CAST STONE BUNNY, GARDEN FIGURE
May 23, 10:30 AM EDT
CAST STONE BUNNY, GARDEN FIGURE
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $100- $200
$1505 Bids
Cement Bird Bath
Jun 12, 6:00 PM EDT
Cement Bird Bath
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$704 Bids
Garden Cast Concrete Roaring Lion Wall Bust
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Garden Cast Concrete Roaring Lion Wall Bust
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$204 Bids
Vintage Garden Of a Frog Conductor Cast Bronze
Jun 08, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Garden Of a Frog Conductor Cast Bronze
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $600- $650
$344 Bids
CAST STONE DOG, COLLIE, GARDEN DECOR
May 23, 10:30 AM EDT
CAST STONE DOG, COLLIE, GARDEN DECOR
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $200- $400
$2804 Bids
Decorative Metal Garden Elephant
Jun 12, 6:00 PM EDT
Decorative Metal Garden Elephant
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
PAIR OF CAST IRON GARDEN URNS
May 23, 10:30 AM EDT
PAIR OF CAST IRON GARDEN URNS
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $500- $800
$3253 Bids
Garden Cast Concrete Roaring Lion Wall Bust
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Garden Cast Concrete Roaring Lion Wall Bust
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Pair Of Cast Concrete Greek-form Solid Urn Finials
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Pair Of Cast Concrete Greek-form Solid Urn Finials
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Metal Sundial, Garden Decor
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Metal Sundial, Garden Decor
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Garden Cast Concrete Roaring Lion Wall Bust
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Garden Cast Concrete Roaring Lion Wall Bust
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Greco Roman Marble Garden Statue of Goddess
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Greco Roman Marble Garden Statue of Goddess
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$2253 Bids
Galvanised garden trough on stand (93 x 101 x 56cm)
May 23, 3:00 PM AEST
Galvanised garden trough on stand (93 x 101 x 56cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD253 Bids
Cement Bird Bath
Jun 12, 6:00 PM EDT
Cement Bird Bath
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
CAST STONE BIRD BATH
May 23, 10:30 AM EDT
CAST STONE BIRD BATH
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $200- $300
$1302 Bids
Garden Cast Concrete Roaring Lion Wall Bust
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Garden Cast Concrete Roaring Lion Wall Bust
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Garden Ornaments


Ashcroft and Moore

Ashcroft and Moore

Lawsons

Lawsons

King Galleries

King Galleries

Sworders

Sworders