Practical, dramatic and sculptural.
When you’ve lovingly designed a beautiful interior for a period property or country home, it’s satisfying to also place an emphasis on your garden. By adding the right mix of decorative antiques to an outdoor environment, you make the garden a true extension of the home.
Garden antiques provide a sense of authenticity that can transform an environment - regardless of whether you’re restricted to a small inner-city lawn or unbound by a country pile.
They broadly fall into three categories - practical, dramatic, and sculptural. Practical garden antiques, as you can imagine, include benches, tables, urns, planters, vases and so on. All the vital pieces to keep your outdoor world running smoothly.
Whereas dramatic garden antiques, such as items salvaged from period properties, bring with them their own stories and oodles of timeless charm. For example, reclaimed ironwork can create an interesting juxtaposition when used with climbing plants, such as honeysuckle or wisteria.
Both of the above can be combined with sculptural garden antiques, like carved statuary and other stand-alone elements.
Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a good chance that one of the many garden specialists on the DC either has one or can find one.
Garden antiques on the DC
From the Vintage Garden Company in West Sussex, through to Lichen Garden Antiques of Gloucestershire, and Mountain Cow in France, all of the bases are covered.
The Vintage Garden Company, as the name suggests, specialise in vintage and antique decorative items for the garden. Their current collection includes a great range of terracotta and copper.
Lichen Garden Antiques is the brainchild of Darren Jones, who has been dealing in garden ornaments for many years. You’ll often find some truly stand out items at Lichen, for example, these gigantic finials by Blanchard.
At Mountain Cow, owner Michael Roberts moved to France after building a great reputation for sourcing fine architectural items. These days he focuses on buying a select range of pieces that interest him, including these very rare frieze panels.
Where to look
Many of our dealers offer pieces for the garden alongside their items for the home. So be sure to also take a look at the collections from:
- Arabesque Antiques
- Violet Grey
- Hunter and Rose
- Appley Hoare
- The Home Bothy
- The Architectural Forum
- Molly and Maud’s Place
You may also wish to pop over to our sister site, Hoarde Vintage, where we’ve recently launched a new area dedicated to architectural salvage and reclaimed items.