Thursday, April 18, 2013
Donna from Georgia reviewed the Monarch Butterfly Bronze Garden Sculpture
Bottomline: Yes, would recommend to a friend.
Comments: I purchased one less than a year ago and loved it immediately. It was displayed out in the garden in full sun and the colors now have become very dull and faded. I don't care. I purchased three more as Christmas gifts.
Monday, March 11, 2013
People have been decorating their gardens with statues for thousands of years. Sculptures of deities were a key feature of Greek and Roman gardens but they also used a variety of secular statuary. After the fall of the Roman Empire, garden sculptures in most parts of Europe were limited to the grounds of churches and other sacred sites until the Renaissance. As an increasing number of wealthy benefactors supported the arts, some of the most stunning sculptures and garden statuary of all time were created. Although subsequent centuries saw garden statues becoming a common feature in many a backyard, the Victorian era seemed to take garden statue decor to new heights.
Victorian estates in England and her colonies showcased dozens and even hundreds of stone garden angels, beautiful marble statues, urns, fountains, and many other sculptures. Some of the most prized items put on display were exquisite bronze fountains and bronze statuary. Bronze pieces continue to have a timeless quality that makes them fine heirloom items and centerpiece sculptures to this day. The bronze Windblown sculpture expresses creativity and high quality art by showing a maiden catching her flowing dress as it blows in the breeze. The Birth of Venus Bronze Sculpture is another heirloom piece that replicates Boticelli's famous painting in immortal bronze form.
Heighten the classic appeal of your garden with high quality bronze sculptures from Design Toscano.
Monday, March 4, 2013
The garden is the perfect place to escape to when you need a bit of relaxation in your own personal green space. Asian-themed gardens are built around this concept and take it a step further by working with nature to create an artistic sanctuary. Natural beauty is highlighted with careful pruning, placement of stones, and by putting statues on display that add to the serene atmosphere.
One of the most elegant Asian-themed statues is the Serene Mira Bai Sculpture. You can almost hear the enchanting music coming from saint Mira Bai's one-stringed Ektar lute as she plays it with elegant hands. This beautiful hand-painted statue makes an elegant source of inspiration in any garden.
The Baby Buddha Studying the Five Precepts is an inspirational statue that expresses peace and innocence with simple, elegant beauty. The look on the face of this young Buddha is both childlike and eternal as he studies sacred texts in your garden.
More elegance is demonstrated by the beautiful solid bronze Tranquil Buddha Statue. Modeled after solid bronze Buddha statues in eastern Asia, this foot and a half tall, solid bronze sculpture captures the serene beauty of a meditating Buddha with authentic grace. As is expected for a meditating Buddha, it will quickly add to the peaceful character of your backyard.
Find these quality Asian-themed statues and hundreds of high quality elegant garden statuary items at Design Toscano.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Asian garden statues can help turn a basic backyard into a beautiful, breathtaking garden but such fantastic decor isn't limited to the outdoors. There are also dozens of elegant Asian-themed items meant for the interior of the home and office. A sculpture of Guan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Compassion and Mercy, adds an interesting, elegant touch to your living room or office. The intricate, delicate details of this pretty sculpture honor the most popular deity in the Chinese pantheon.
The Galloping Horses Sculptural Oliphant Tusk makes a somewhat more dramatic statement when put on display in your office or den. Modeled after antique Chinese ivory sculptures, this item shows a herd of horses in full gallop and the details make it seem as if they are about to come to life. Some of the stallions rear their heads into the air to neigh while others stretch their necks forward to win their private race. Although this sculpture does not use actual ivory, it's made from a carefully designed polymer known as "Mandarin Ivory" that mimics the color, beauty, and texture of an actual Elephant tusk.
The Ancient Tang Horse Iron Statue shows a horse that is a bit more relaxed and a lot more tame. This foundry iron cast sculpture is a replica of a bronze sculpture that dates back to 700 AD. It's placed atop an elegant marble base and is a truly royal work of art.
Order these, Asian garden sculptures, and other Asian-themed decor by the end of today and get 20% off the regular price.
This sale can't be combined with other offers.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Asian garden statues are a welcome addition to most backyards. Whether the yard already has garden fairies or classic Greek statuary on display, Asian decor can provide a peaceful, enchanting touch that reminds us of the need for tranquility in our lives. While quiet and peaceful depictions of a meditating Buddha are a common and fitting aspect of Asian gardens, Asian-themed decor also includes dramatic pieces like ornate and beautifully detailed bronze dragons. Some Buddha statues are also meant to inspire laughter and add a light-hearted touch to the garden.
One such easy-going Buddha sculpture is The Laughing Maitreya Buddha Statue. This jolly Buddha is all smiles as he contently sits and waits to hand out candy to lucky children. Rub his belly for good fortune and let his laughing face wash away your worries.
Another delightful, laughing statue comes in the form of a sculpture of Shou Xin Gong, the Chinese God of Longevity. Wise Shou Xin Gong expresses his happiness with an open smile as he offers the peach of immortality, a fruit said to bloom once every 3,000 years. This is the fruit that made the mischievous Monkey King immortal after he stole one and took a few bites. Shou Xin Gou holds the staff of longevity in his other hand and is said to grant a long life to those who put statues of him on display.
Get 20% off these and other lovely Asian decor items when buying them today and tomorrow, February 5th.
This sale can't be combined with other offers.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Asian-themed decor has a kind of timeless beauty and elegance that brings peace to any backyard. Put a statue of the Buddha near a bubbling fountain and the garden becomes a peaceful oasis. Such decor can help you erase the stress of the day as soon as you walk through the garden gate. That peaceful, beautiful Asian decor also becomes a bit more accessible from today until February 5th on account of our Asian Decor Sale.
All Asian-themed decor at Design Toscano gets a 20% discount when ordered between today and Tuesday, February 5th. Enjoy that discount on such lovely Asian garden statues as the Pagoda Lanterns or a statue of a Thai Princess. The faux stone Pagoda Lanterns make an elegant, tranquil addition to any type of backyard with simple, symmetrical lines. The Thai Princess Sculpture pays homage to the ornate art forms of the ancient Thai culture with a statue modeled after antique Thai works of art. By the tranquil look on her face, this princess has achieved inner peace and will act as in inspiration for you to reach the same goal.
All of our Large Buddha statue items are also on sale as well as beautiful bronze sculptures like our Dancing Asian Fish Spitting Garden Statue Collection.
Buy these and other Asian decor items from now until February 5th and get 20% off !
This sale can't be combined with other offers.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
We love it when our customers share their feelings about one of our Bigfoot Statues, our animal garden sculptures, and other unique items from our collection of quality decor. When you write a review, it lets us know if we are providing our clients with the type of high quality decorations and objets d'art that we strive to offer. However, we also know that it can take time to write those reviews so to show our appreciation, we are holding a contest for the next ten days.
From now (January 15th) until January 25, 2013, anyone who writes a review about any of our items is entered into a drawing to win a $150 gift card! All you have to do is review your favorite statuary, indoor decorations, or other item purchased from Design Toscano and you could win $150 to spend on exquisite, breathtaking decor like the Chateau Chambord Clock and Candelabra Ensemble, or beautiful furniture like the Hawthorne Collection Wing Chair.
It could also be used towards the purchase of Asian-themed items like a bronze replica of a Tang Dynasty Horse Statue or a monument sized, large Buddha statue.
Write a review for one of your Design Toscano favorites and get entered into a drawing for a $150 gift card! Reviews must be written between January 15th and January 25th and only one winner will be chosen at random. The lucky winner will be announced during the final week of January.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Asian-themed garden often plays host to bamboo (both living and sculpted forms), Koi ponds, and Buddha outdoor statues. There might also be a stunning Panda animal yard statue or even a Ninja Gnome but the most spectacular of Asian gardens usually showcase a bronze sculpture or two. Asian-themed sculptures tend to look more impressive and authentic when depicted in bronze because sculptures crafted from that ancient medium have adorned Chinese gardens for more than two thousand years.
The solid bronze Asian Dragon with Power Orb is one such spectacular sculpture. This writhing Asian water dragon is sculpted in the same style as classic dragons that adorn Chinese temples. The power orb is a modern touch but gives this beautiful bronze sculpture a magical, captivating appearance. Although it can be shown on its own, this fantastic, piped bronze sculpture is at its best when placed in a pond or fountain.
The Tranquil Buddha Statue is another stunning Asian-themed bronze sculpture. Carefully crafted in the traditional lost wax method, this Buddha statue is beautifully detailed and resembles many Buddha sculptures that grace temple grounds in Thailand and China. The peaceful, contented look on the face of this Buddha is timeless and inspirational.
Save on these fantastic bronze sculptures and hundreds of other statues for the backyard and the interior of your home and business at Design Toscano.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Fore! Unless you live in Florida or some other rather permanently warm place, the next game of golf needs to wait until April or May. Nevertheless, that doesn't stop avid golfers everywhere from thinking about hitting the links. They watch the tournaments on television, keep up on golf news, look online for a new set of clubs, and talk about planning a vacation to Scotland. When golf gets in your blood, it stays for good and that makes it easy to find gifts for the golfer.
Golf enthusiasts will love Finishing the Eighteenth Hole Golf Caddy Sculpture. This classic, detailed statue harkens back to early twentieth century golf on fabled Scottish greens. Lantern in one hand and the other cradling a bag of choice irons, he peers ahead to asses the situation. This piece is so intricate and beautiful that even non-golfers will like it but is an essential statue for those who would rather hit the greens every single day of the year.
Two other golfing sculptures of the highest quality are the Going for Par statues. Cast in the traditional lost wax method, these beautiful bronze statues capture the action and essence of golf and are destined to be heirloom pieces.
Find excellent garden statuary for golfers, high quality animal garden statues, and the best in garden fairies at Design Toscano.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Stone garden angels and Greek garden statues add a classic touch to any backyard but they don't have a monopoly on the much desired combination of quality and beauty. Many sculptures with a more modern look are just what a garden needs.
The Maiden of Peace Sitting Woman Sculpture is an expression of freedom, joy, and carefree beauty. With one arm reaching to the sky as she releases a dove and the other outstretched behind her, she makes an unfettered, fearless pose. Put this beautiful, inspirational sculpture in the garden, on a window ledge, or in the office to be reminded of happy, peaceful thoughts during stressful times.
One contemporary piece of decor that looks right at home next to the pool or near one of your outdoor garden water fountains is our modern water nymph statue. This flowing sculpture takes a page from ancient Greece and adapts it to modern times. This lovely faux bronze statue has a graceful liquid appearance that blends the female figure with water and myth.
For a beautiful, unique welcome sign, use the Garden Iris Cast Stone Obelisk. This solid, cast stone sculpture gives a peaceful welcome in the form of a scene showing a dragonfly hovering over an Iris patch.
Bring modern artistic beauty to the garden with these and other sculptures from Design Toscano.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Cranes are among the most noble of bird species. Stately and long-lived, these regal birds are also known for their fidelity and dancing courtship displays. Although cranes are found on many parts of the globe, the majority of species occur in eastern Asia. This is made apparent by their frequent depictions in Chinese and Japanese art. The innate elegance of Red-crowned, Japanese, and Sarus Cranes turns them into naturally good subjects for works of art and just as these birds are encountered in the wild, they are typically painted and sculpted in pairs.
The elegance and beauty of the crane has earned it a venerated spot in Asian gardens for hundreds of years. Since crane species are generally too wild to visit even the most beautiful of enclosed gardens, artists began to create bronze sculptures and stone statues of these birds to be used as garden decor. That tradition continues to this day and is wonderfully represented by our bronze crane statues. Available in three sizes, these verdigris patina bronze garden sculptures add a touch of classic elegance to any backyard.
To make an even bigger impression with beautiful bronze crane statues, get the Colossal Cranes Bronze Garden Sculpture. Water is piped through the beaks of both of these stately bronze statues to turn them into elegant animal fountains.
Order crane statues, resin garden statues, garden fairies, and anything else on our site by Wednesday, November 28th and get 20% off the regular price!
Friday, October 26, 2012
There are some good reasons for following our blog. One is that you get to hear about Medieval home decor and exquisite items that you may not have been aware of before. The other main reason is because you get to hear about our sales, some of which last for a few days or less. The best sales only last for 15 hours and there happens to be one of those going on today! For October 26th only, you can enjoy 25% off the regular price of anything on the Design Toscano site!
Yes, a whopping quarter of the regular price is removed from the bill towards anything on our site when you place your order during this fifteen hour sale. That includes the captivating Nunsmere Hall 16th-Century Battle Armor collection. Wealthy families and knights of the Middle Ages put armor and valuable weapons on display as symbols of their success and influence. Now you can do the same with this authentic replica of Italian battle armor and swords.
The big discount also turns these twelve hours into the best time to order impressive resin garden statues like the Garden Yeti, Mombasa the Garden Giraffe, or heirloom bronze garden statues such as the beautiful Sunshine Delight bronze statue that shows an innocent little girl reaching to the sky.
Save 25% on these unique items and everything on our site for just 15 hours on October 26th!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Bird baths are a wonderful addition to any garden. Put out a bird bath and you can feel good about providing our feathered friends with a place to keep cool on hot summer days while also being entertained by their avian bathing antics. While traditional bird baths come in the form of stone or marble bowls that are sometimes part of another larger sculpture, there are also more natural looking bird basins that blend in with their surroundings.
One such item is the bronze Ducklings with Basin Sculpture. The cast stone basin looks like a large, water-filled rock that happens to be part of the natural landscape in your garden. Little bronze ducks add to its quaint beauty. Maybe they will help attract some real birds?
Another Basin Bronze Sculpture that blends in with natural surroundings is the Basin Bronze Garden Sculpture with Frogs and Dragonfly. Painted in natural, earthy tones, the cast stone basin will look right at home in any backyard. The birds that visit will be accompanied by two bronze frogs, one of which is testing the waters with its webbed toes. They share the basin with an equally cute bronze dragonfly.
Add these natural bird baths to your garden to heighten the beauty of natural decor while providing a place for birds to cool off. Find these items, the best in animal garden statues, and beautiful garden fairies at Design Toscano today.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Today is the final day of our three day sale that lets you take an extra 15% off any on sale item. From now until midnight tonight, you can still save even more on ornate Gothic tables, stunning resin garden statues, and anything else on our site that already happens to be on sale. Take advantage of this sale to enjoy a further discount on items like the classic Le Printemps and Le Etoile Wall Sculptures. Whether used for holding a bouquet of bright flowers or as wall decorations on their own, these sculptures will add a touch of class to both the garden and the home interior.
Enjoy the discount on the nostalgic Memory Captured in Time Sculpture. This amazing sculpture shows a young girl happily jumping rope and the scene is captured with her in in mid-air! Detailed and realistic, you can almost hear the swish of the rope and see her hair bob up and down as she jumps. The beauty of this work of art is heightened by the faux verdigris bronze finish.
Several animal garden sculptures are also on sale including the striking Zairen, the Zebra Sculpture. This highly realistic depiction of a Zebra colt will capture of the hearts of children of all ages.
Save an extra 15% on these beautiful items and every on sale item at the Design Toscano site from now until the end of today, October 18th!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The sea is a mysterious realm. When you stand on the beach and gaze out over the endless water, it seems like anything could be found beneath the waves. Throughout the ages, those who set sail on the oceans have experienced many strange phenomena and created amazing tales in an attempt to come up with explanations.
One such recurring tale involves beautiful creatures that are part woman, part fish. Known as mermaids, sirens, kelpies, as well as by other names, they emerge from the deep to sing to lonely sailors on moonlit nights. Those unfortunate enough to listen and pay heed to their deadly songs willingly leave the safety of the boat to sink and drown in the deeps. However, not all mermaids are said to be so dangerous. Some live a simple life beneath the waves and venture out onto rocks to watch the ships pass by. These latter mermaids are the ones you want in your garden and we make that happen with the classic Daydreaming Mermaid of Langline Cove statue. This beautiful piece will look just as mesmerizing as a real mermaid as she sits next to your pool or koi pond.
Inside the home, you can continue to show the mysterious beauty of mermaids with the Entwined Mermaids Sculptural Floor Lamp. Over six feet tall, this ornate lamp with faux verdigris bronze finish will be an enchanting work of art for any home.
Save an extra 15% on these beautiful items and all on sale animal garden statues, Gothic tables, and greenmen at the Design Toscano site from now until Thursday, October 18th!
Friday, October 12, 2012
For centuries, many cultures believed that fairies made their homes in wild places like ancient woodlands and windy moors as well as in more familiar environments such as backyard gardens. Food was even left out for the little magical creatures to appease them and hopefully gain their aid in helping the garden grow. In modern times, most people have stopped believing in pixies and their kind but that doesn't stop us from decorating our backyards with depictions of those enchanting creatures.
One of the best ways to pay them homage is by depicting them with bronze statuary. The beautiful solid bronze sculpture of the Mushroom Fairy is a fine piece that reminds us of the enduring beauty of fairies with a gorgeous verdigris and bronze patina.
The similarly colored solid bronze Dancing Fairy statue is an enchanting expression of elegance. Her dress flowing with movement, this fairy looks ready to spring to life. Maybe she will on nights when the full moon reigns.
The gorgeous little Bird Fairy is another bronze piece destined to enchant for ages. Like all of our fairy statues, the posture and gentle look on the face of this fairy impart a realism that has to be seen to be believed.
Find these beautiful bronze garden sculptures, high quality resin garden statues, and the best in animal garden sculptures at Design Toscano today.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sculptures of animals have been used in gardens for centuries. The more realistic and detailed the statue, the better it captures the natural artistic beauty of its wild subject. Horses have long been one of the more popular subjects for animal statues. Anyone who has watched a horse race or seen the power and grace of a wild Mustang can easily understand why artists might have a tough time not making equine sculptures.
Our Majestic Horse Sculpture couldn't be more appropriately named. This resin statue with a beautiful bronze patina is an heirloom piece destined to be marveled over by generations to come. Its flowing mane and tail, and detailed muscled appearance make this stunning grand scale sculpture the closest thing to having a real, live horse prancing around the garden.
The smaller yet more dramatic Majestic Mustang Horse Sculpture displays the power and fierce beauty of a wild, free-roaming Mustang. He rears up on his hind legs in defiance of ever being captured and tamed.
Dogs have also been a common subject for animal garden sculptures. Faithful, loving, and loyal to the end, dogs can demonstrate a range of admirable characteristics. The heartwarming Man's Best Friend animal yard statue demonstrates the things we love about canines by eagerly awaiting the arrival of its master with a basket of flowers and eager, loving eyes.
Find these and dozens of other classic animal sculptures at Design Toscano today.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Fall is here across much of North America. Evenings are cooler in many areas and the foliage will be changing in a matter of weeks. Unlike the Spring months, most people are paying less attention to planting and weeding the garden and doing more to get it ready for Winter. Some people start to take their garden statuary down and any decorations left outside are geared towards Halloween.
Despite the lack of bright flowers, statuary still helps backyards look fantastic during the Fall months. In fact, the decreased amount of vegetation helps statues stand out even better than other times of the year and can give the backyard a stark, enchanted look. Statues of fairies look even more magical when placed near tree trunks or next to a Koi pond.
The incredible realism of the Daydream Fairy Sculpture will be much more apparent when displayed on a bed of fallen red, green, and orange Maple leaves. The lovely tones of the Bird Fairy solid bronze statue will complement the earthy hues of an Autumn backyard while the stunning beauty of Rhiannon the Archer Fairy Statue looks best when displayed in the center of the yard.
The place for the best in fairy statues, quality decor, and unique decorations is Design Toscano.
Friday, August 24, 2012
We have been providing people with fantastic garden statuary for several years but resin garden statues and beautiful bronze sculptures aren't the only items we carry. We also love furniture and the items that we sell are just as detailed, unique, and beautiful as our statues of fairies, animals, and angels. To celebrate gorgeous, artistic furniture, we are holding a sale on all of our furniture items that runs from today until Monday, August 27th.
Buy breathtaking pieces like the Val de Loire Ebony Console Table and get 20% off the regular price. The same goes for incredible decor like King Tutankhamen's Egyptian Throne Chair and the stunning Neoclassical Egyptian Revival Chair. The beauty of these chairs is certainly enough to make then independent of any table but since tables are included in the sale, now is also a great time to order an item like the Royal Egyptian Cheetahs Sculptural Glass-Topped Console. This unique, functional objet d'art displays two beautiful, seated cheetah statues with a thick, glass table top on their heads. It's the perfect place to show your smaller Egyptian treasures. You can admire your treasures while relaxing on the gorgeous black and gold Cleopatra Neoclassical Chaise.
Get 20% off these items and all furniture from today until Monday, August 27th!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The garden statuary used to decorate the green space behind your house says as much about you as it does the yard. Put up a few classic Greek garden statues and you might have an appreciation for ancient cultures and art that lasts for ages. It might also represent pride in your Greek or other Mediterranean heritage and a tendency to appreciate realistic art forms.
A Buddha statue could show that you enjoy the neat appearance of an Asian-themed garden. This is almost certainly the case if the sculpture is flanked by bronze cranes or an animal yard statue of a panda. If the Buddha sculpture shares the backyard scene with statues of dragons and other legendary creatures, it might show that you have an imagination that appreciates fantasy novels and are intrigued by the many mysteries of life, or it could indicate that you are a practicing Buddhist.
However, if a look around the garden also reveals items as varied as garden fairies, animal statues, and water fountains, it could just be that you love to decorate your backyard with beautiful statues. No matter what the reason is for including a Buddha statue in the garden, both jolly and meditative depictions of the Buddha are a fantastic addition to any yard.
Find the best in Buddha sculptures and other detailed decor at Design Toscano.