Trees Aren’t the Only Place for Greenmen

The sculptures of intricately carved faces known as "Greenmen" are some of the best decor possible for trees in the backyard. Crafted to look like a part of the tree, they add personality to the oaks, maples, Oak King Greenman Wall Sculptureand elms in the garden by literally giving them a face. Nevertheless, these sculptures also look great in other places in the home and garden. To add a unique dimension to any decorating theme, try putting them on:

  • Walls in the garden: Put one or more of these sculptures up on the walls in the back of your home and garden. By making them more visible, you provide a nice touch of personality to the backyard.
  • Inside a workshop: A "workshop" can be a garden shed, greenhouse, or any place where you pot plants, sculpt clay, or create things on a regular basis. These unique types of garden statuary just might act as a source of inspiration.
  • As doorknockers: Welcome all to your home with a doorknocker that has serious character. The Vecchio Iron Doorknocker is so big that guests might need two hands to use it. Just make sure that you have a door that is big and strong enough for to employ it!

Add personality to your place with these sculptures, garden fairies, and other decor from Design Toscano.

 

 

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Blend Function and Action with These Outdoor Garden Water Fountains

Quenching a Big Thirst Sculptural FountainGardens and backyards deserve more than carefully trimmed hedges, flourishing rose bushes, and a healthy variety of trees. Your personal green space always looks better when there are statues of garden fairies in the flowerbeds, greenmen on the oaks, and animal sculptures in the yard. However, no matter how many statues are in your beautiful backyard, it will always look better with a fountain or two. The sound and sight of bubbling water is just as refreshing to listen to and watch as a glass of ice cold H2O on a hot day in July.  Fountains also make for wonderful sculptures and are the perfect centerpieces for every garden.

The artistic themes of some fountains also add action to the backyard. The "Quenching a Big Thirst Sculptural Fountain" is one of the more popular fountains available from Design Toscano. Saint Bernards are big dogs with an even bigger thirst on hot summer days. It is a good thing that this fountain has a generous basin because the adorable Saint Bernard trying to get a drink is determined to quench its thirst.

The "Guzzling Gulp BlackBear Garden Fountain" is another hit for every backyard. The detail and colors on the tree stump and cute Black Bear are so realistic that backyard birds might never be too afraid to visit this fountain for a drink!

Get 20% off these items and all garden statues until Thursday, April 12th!

 

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Animal Garden Sculptures in Action

Sculptures are created to depict a wide range of emotions and themes. Statues of angels typically show Mischievous Bear Cubs Sculpturepeaceful or sad expressions when they have been crafted for use in cemeteries or other places designated for grieving, healing, and self-reflection. Garden fairies, on the other hand, are fun, mischievous little creatures that represent curious, magical aspects of the natural world (your backyard included). Greenmen are rather stoic but help to bring trees to life with the expressions on their gnarled, woody faces. However, when it comes to action scenes, it can be hard to beat statues of animals.

Even when shown as still, non-moving sculptures, large cats always look ready to pounce. They prowl the undergrowth in search of prey and can bound into swift, deadly action in a matter of seconds. Statues of pandas are just as realistic in showing the comical side of this incredibly cute, bamboo eating animal. Nevertheless, one of the most realistic action scenes for any garden is the Mischievous Bear Cubs Sculpture. The details and expressions of the faces of the two bear cubs are so realistic that at first glance, guests will wonder if you have bears living in the backyard. Perched on a piece of driftwood, the bear cubs in this sculpture are always ready and eager to cause mischief.

Get 20% off animal garden statues and other resin garden statues until Thursday, April 12th!

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Make Your Trees Talk with Greenmen

Trees can take on mystical, majestic appearances no matter where they grow. Groves of tall pines seem to hide dark secrets and whisper about them as you walk on by. Willows bend over streams but let the water do the talking. Poplars and Maples laugh and shout in a stiff breeze while Oaks grumble beneath Whispering Wilhelm Tree Ent Sculpturestormy skies and threaten to drop their branches on those who would harm them.

You don't have to venture out into the wilderness to find magical scenes like this. Sometimes all it takes is a glance into the backyard to find places suitable for fairy dwellings and Ent gatherings. Nevertheless, every garden looks a lot more magical with certain, careful touches. To add that extra touch of magic to your backyard and give voice to your trees, put up a few greenmen. 

These outdoor decorations also look great on walls but when placed on trees, they just about bring them to life. Put the beautifully detailed Whispering Wilhelm the Tree Ent Sculpture on any of your backyard trees and some guests may wonder if you have a tree shepherd living behind your home!

Find the best in garden fairies, animal garden sculptures, and other magical additions for your backyard at Design Toscano.

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Free Shipping Extended One Day on $75 or more Egyptian Art from Design Toscano!

April Fools day was yesterday but Design Toscano was never joking about offering free shipping on orders of $75 or more. If you ordered $75 or more on April first from Design Toscano, you saved money on shipping costs because there were none! However, if you missed yesterday's free shipping, you can still The Hawthorne Wing Chairsave on orders of $75 or more from Design Toscano because the free shipping sale has been extended for one day only!

This is your second chance to get that free shipping discount when ordering beautiful furniture like the Hawthorne Wing chair or the Days End Lounge Chair and Ottoman. Both of these items are big enough to make shipping costs an issue that anyone would rather avoid. Buy them today and you avoid those shipping costs entirely. When these beautiful pieces of furniture get settled into your home, you can relax in them even better knowing that you didn't have to spend anything extra to ship them.

As long as you order $75 or more, the shipping is free so take advantage of this discount and place an order today for both Spring and Summer items. If you just want something that costs less than $75, why not add a few Greenmen to the purchase to put the order over $75 and save on shipping?

Order $75 or more from Design Toscano today and pay nothing for shipping!

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Giant Insects in the Backyard?

There are plenty of ways to add a bit of pizzazz to the backyard. A huge Bigfoot statue will make all Oversized Dragonfly & Butterfly Wall Sculpturespassersby look twice and some will probably start taking pictures with their mobile devices. Greenmen are less obvious but just as interesting and give personality to your trees. Of course there are also dozens of elegant fairy and angel statues to choose from. When shopping at Design Toscano, the possibilities seem endless and especially so when you check out the new, creative items available in the Spring catalog.

A couple of new items that will pep up any backyard are the oversized butterfly and dragonfly wall sculptures. With a two foot wingspan, these insects would have looked right at home in a forest stalked by dinosaurs. Metal sculptures that are built to last, both the dragonfly and butterfly will brighten your backyard or solarium for years. Their bright colors glitter in the sunlight just like the insects that were the inspiration for this garden decor. Glass cabochons on their wings give them a jeweler's touch while their detailed appearance is sure to draw the eye of every garden guest.

Find these unique items, exquisite garden statuary, and other fantastic decor for the backyard in the new arrivals page of the Design Toscano website.

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Add Elegance to Flowers with These Greenmen Planters

March is finally here and although winter still holds much of the country fast in its icy grip, its hold is going to weaken in a matter of weeks or even days. As Spring approaches, it's time to start thinking about the flowers you would like to plant. Not only do you have to decide upon which flowers you would like to have French Greenmen Wall Sculptures Le Printemps and L'Etoilegrowing in the garden, you also need to pick where they will grow. Some species are best off planted separate from other flowers (roses come to mind), while other species are more suited for flower beds.

There are also flowers that look great when they grow out of and hang from a planter. Although flower pots can be used in this regard, there are much more elegant means of providing a place for flower species that hang into the air. For example, you could hardly add more elegance to potted flowers than having them grow out of the Le Printemps and Le Etoile Wall Sculpture. These sculptures for outside have a serene, classic appearance that will make your backyard look like it belongs in the Victorian era. These two pieces of garden statuary are also perfect for decorating both sides of a corner and compliment garden cherub statues.

Get 20% off this and all sale items from March 6th until March 9th!

 

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Add Personality to your Garden with a Meerkat Sculpture!

The savannas of Africa are filled with wildlife. Herds of Zebras, Wildebeest, Gazelles, and Giraffes roam and graze the plains. Lions, Hyenas, and other predators stalk them and the deadly drama played out between predator and prey unfolds on a nightly basis. Among the larger animals are a cadre of smaller creatures that also make their home on the plains. They tend to be ignored and overlooked when Meerkat Family at the Watering Hole Garden Fountaincharismatic megafauna like rhinos and elephants come onto the scene but many of the smaller animals are just as interesting as the big ones.

Meerkats in particular are filled with personality and are incredibly endearing. Small, weasel-like animals that look as if they applied a bit too much eye liner, Meerkats spend much of their time with their huge extended family. As some of the family rests inside and forages near their burrows, others act as sentinels to watch for eagles and other larger animals that would prey upon them. As they keep an eye out for their enemies, the Meerkats stand on their hind legs and peer into the distance with bright eyes. If a jackal, eagle, or other predator is sighted, the sentinels give the alarm and the rest of the Meerkat family zips into their underground burrow.

Although you would need to have a backyard in an expansive African savanna to play host to wild Meerkats, you can still bring the personality of these  little characters into your garden with a Meerkat statue fountain. This realistic fountain shows several Meerkats of all ages as they hold vigil over the garden and is an excellent accompaniment to a backyard with greenmen and other animal garden statues such as a tiger sculpture.

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Bigfoot in The Garden

There is something mysterious about old, primeval forest. Massive trees stretch their way up into the sky to leave the forest floor in perpetual shade. The rustling of leaves in the undergroth reveals the presence of small animals that attempt to stay hidden from larger predators. Treetops are given voice by the wind and woodland birds enchant the forest with song. At night, however, the woods take on a different, more Bigfoot, the Garden Yeti Statuesinister appearance. The shadows grow long and dark and every sound sets your nerves on edge. Diurnal beings that we are, we can't see into the dim recesses and fear is quickly made tangible by repressed instinctive memories of predators lurking in the dark of the night.

Bigfoot might not be a predator but this legendary creature is every bit as scary and mysterious. People who have heard it howl in the night were petrified to the core. Those who have glimpsed this big, shaggy creature were both terrified and intrigued. Whether real or not, Sasquatch represents wilderness and the great unknown. Although a real Bigfoot isn't likely to turn up in your backyard (folks who reside in the Pacific Northwest might beg to differ), you can capture the essence of one of America's most persistent and fantastic folktales with the Bigfoot statue from Design Toscano. Hide it behind a tree decorated with greenmen to make its presence that much more realistic or let it walk among garden fairies and outdoor animal statues such as a tiger sculpture.

Buy that statue of Bigfoot today and get 25% off the regular price!

 

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Add Texture to Your Home with Framed Art

There's nothing more boring than a home with bare walls. Well, a static television screen is a strong contender but at least the conglomeration of fuzzy black and white dots still show texture. When walls have nothing to break up their barren monotony, it doesn't say anything about their room. It displays about as much character as a void and you can be sure that guests will get that sort of empty feeling when they Zebra's Kiss: Classic Art Reproductionwalk in. To keep you, your family, and guests interested in the appearance of your home, add some texture to its walls with framed artwork.

They carry out a similar purpose as the greenmen decorating the trees in your garden and will bring those barren walls to life. A framed replica of a painting that depicts black and white striped zebras adds a solid dose of texture to the smoothest of walls. This replica of a work done by Lisa Benoudiz is a great addition to an African-themed room, animal-themed room, or a wall that simply needs more texture.

Just about any painting that incorporates texture will work for spicing up those bare walls. For a classic, patriotic look, try hanging a replica of Washington Crossing the Delaware.

Beautify your backyard with a tiger sculpture and resin garden statues but use Egyptian decorations and framed works of art to liven up the interior of your home. All framed art is 25% off from February 22nd to February 27th!

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Every Garden Needs Greenmen

Your backyard can look fantastic with the right types of garden statuary and sculptures. A The Spirit of Nottingham Woods: Greenman Tree Sculpturepagoda statue always looks nice in an Asian-themed garden as do Buddha outdoor statues.   However, no matter what your garden decorating theme is, it's always going to look better with a "greenman" or two. This doesn't refer to gnome statues or little men from Mars. Although that would provide an interesting touch to any backyard, the sculptures that work with any garden are depictions of faces that appear to come right out of the tree they are placed on.

Most show old, ancient faces nestled within gnarled branches and craggy tree trunks. They bring tree spirits and dryads to mind and indeed this is what they essentially depict. Whereas  statues of garden fairies still manage to stand out in the greenery, greenmen sculptures blend right in with the trees. Hang up one of these mystical sculptures on a shady tree trunk and it will look as if the tree has a face staring out at you and your guests. These sculptures aren't limited to trees either. Many also look striking when placed on a wall, especially when it's a garden wall covered in creeping ivy.

Get 20% off these fantastic garden sculptures and other decor until February 14th!

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Change the Look of Your Garden With Outdoor Wall Decor

Where many people like to place statues or accessories throughout their outdoor space, this is Greek God of the Sea: Poseidon Wall Sculpturenot the only way to create a theme in your garden, as not everybody has the space to do just that.  What you may want to consider this year is adding some decorations to your walls outside, as this is just an effective way to make a unique statement with just one or two pieces. 

Garden statues gnomes are a very popular addition to any outdoor space.  If you don’t have the room for it, you don’t even need a wall for this adorable Knothole Gnomes Garden Welcome Tree Sculpture.  He is perfectly sized for any tree you have outside.

Greenmen are also popular items in an outdoor living area.  They embody a mystique that is both elegant and intriguing.  Wall art is a great way to add these mythical creatures to your garden.  This Bacchus, God of Wine: Greenman Wall Sculpture comes in a variety of sizes to accommodate both your wall space and your budget as well.

And if you were thinking of creating a Greek theme in your garden this year, there are an abundance of wall art ways to add Greek garden statues to your theme as well.  This Greek God of the Sea will easily fit on any wall or tree space you have available.

When it comes to garden decor, there are a number of ways to create a theme in a limited space. Wall art is a beautiful and very simple way to do so.


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The Significance of Greenmen Decor

The Somerset Greenman SculptureFor those that are looking to add a unique element to their interior design, you may have heard of the term “greenmen” in specific pieces or to add a distinctive focal point to a room.  While many find a greenman charming, knowing what it means will add an all new significance to any decor if you choose a greenman piece in your decorating themes.  The beauty of the greenman is that it is not only just that, beautiful, but it is symbolic in a way that it can easily be incorporated into any design theme. Whether your theme is Egyptian, medieval, or even home and country, a greenman will add ambience to any indoor or outdoor setting.

Simply put, a Green Man is simply a sculpture, decoration, or piece of art that is represented by a face surrounded by or even made from leaves.  You will often see vines or branches sprouting from his nose or other parts of his face, and these often bear fruit or flowers.  A green man in design is often seen in the carvings on buildings or churches and is symbolic of growth and prosperity wished on the dwelling where it exists.  A green man decoration then will represent the cycle of spring or new growth, and is a revered symbol in many forms of mythology.

Greenman decorations can be found in sculptures for outside in every theme from Egyptian home decor to gothic decor.  You can place one in your entrance way or in your outdoor space to request the gods to bestow prosperity and the cycle of spring into your garden every year.
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How to Buy Wall Sculptures

Egyptian Cobra Goddess Wall SculptureWhen you are thinking about adding some wall sculptures to either your interior or outdoor design, there are a few things to take into consideration.  As easy as it is to change the look of your entire space through one piece of Egyptian art or religious symbol, you want to make your selection being as informed as possible.  A dramatic statement is sure to be made by any piece of wall art you choose, but you can be dramatic and subtle at the same time if you do it right.  Here’s how to do it.

The first thing to consider is the space of your wall where you want your sculpture to go.  It is better to choose the space before you choose the sculpture, as it will be easier to accommodate the sculpture to your space than vice versa.  Knowing how much space you have will dictate whether you are going for something simple, or something extravagant.
Next you will need to determine what color theme to use.  You can go with an Art Nouveau look such as a neutral tone on a neutral wall as seen in these lovely French Greenmen wall sculptures.  For a more dramatic statement, use a dark sculpture against a neutral wall, or a lighter sculpture against a darker wall such as this rendition of Venus, a contemporary twist from more traditional Greek garden statues.

No matter how dramatic or how subtle your desired effect is, wall size and shade are your two most important considerations when choosing wall sculptures.

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Using Wrought Iron Outdoors

If you are not sure what materials you want to use in your outdoor living space, you would be wise to consider the investment of iron pieces to add to your theme.  Wrought or cast iron is making a comeback into the outdoor living space, as it adds an elegant touch, and is a versatile and long lasting material to use.  One thing with wrought iron is that it is easy to go overboard or use the wrong piece with the wrong theme, so if you truly want to get the most out of this valuable investment, take our tips into consideration on how to do it well.

Vecchio Greenman Authentic Iron Door KnockerWhether your design theme is Mediterranean or contemporary, a simple addition of iron gothic tables or an accent piece such as our Greenmen door knocker can make a significant statement.  Additionally, if you are not investing a large amount into your iron accents this year, something as simple as a tortoise statue can be all you need to add that touch of elegance you are seeking with iron.

The term “wrought” in wrought iron symbolizes the amount of craftsmanship that has gone into forging and shaping the metal to its desired and current shape.  When you are using iron pieces in your decor, you are incorporating both traditional and modern elements in one piece alone.  The end result is minimalist effort that makes a significant impact and will last through many outdoor seasons making for a very worthwhile investment, even if you are doing so through one piece alone.

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A Greenman, a Peacock and a Fawn

Home décor means all parts of the home to Design Toscano and we have beautiful sculptures of greenmen that can be placed throughout your yard and in your home.  A very unusual item is the Greenman Iron Door Plate which was intended to protect a heavily used interior door, perhaps a swinging one.  The solid cast iron plate is 10 1/2” tall and sports a carved greenman face surrounded by multiple swirls, leaves and birds. 

Greenman Iron Door PlateThere is no place better to browse for gift giving this season than through our many varied collections of statues, wall art, reproductions and other unique things.  The peacock is an elaborate bird and certainly makes a great subject for an artist to sculpt.  A glorious statue is The Peacock’s Sanctuary Sculpture which is over a foot tall and hand painted in colorful tones.  He is perched on a small bird bath and watching the world go by with his marvelous tail trailing behind.

We have wonderful and adorable animals that our artists have created of designer resin and hand painted to be as realistic as possible, such as our Meerkat sculpture.  Now we have another adorable animal, but this one is cast in foundry iron and aged.  This unique piece is The Deer Fawn Sculpture and depicts a cute fawn intricately sculpted and standing over a foot tall.


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Knights Guarding Books and a Small Bridge

Medieval Knight Iron BookendsNow, if you are looking for a gift for someone who is about all things medieval you will be able to find it at Design Toscano.  We have knight statues, gargoyles, greenmen and much, much more for the medievalist.  A practical gift that is well crafted as well is the Medieval Knight Iron Bookends.  These proud knights are created in foundry iron so can hold up any book and stand at 9”tall.  Of course, they are carrying swords and have their face shields down ready to battle anyone messing with your books.

Enthusiasts of Asian art, be it our exciting Japanese garden statues, our many pieces of Asian furniture or any of our beautiful Asians figures will be delighted to browse our collection of adorable porcelain statues crafted by artist Lin Wei Dung.  One piece that celebrates the parent/child relationship is her Mother and Child at Play Statue.  As we all know, young boys are a bundle of activity and this one is on the move while mom stands by with extreme patience enjoying and guiding him.  The colors of the hand painting are gorgeous.

This is the time when many of our sculptures for outside are on sale and perhaps the time to plan your outdoor space for next summer.  A great piece that is at an excellent price now is The Halfpence Cobblestone Bridge.  This bridge (for decoration, not walking) is 3 feet long and a detailed replica of those found in the Cotswold area of England.  If you have a halfpence throw it under this bridge and make a wish.



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Coat of Arms, Egyptian Cobra and Japanese Décor

Coat of Arms Gothic Revival ArmoireOur greenmen (derived from the medieval figures on trees) are a diverse group; we have many interesting tree ents and at the same time beautifully carved furniture in the collection.  One such piece is the Coat of Arms Gothic Revival Armoire, an exquisitely carved copy of a French Gothic revival piece.  The armoire stands 64” high and has 3 shelves and 2 drawers in storage.  Where else can you get a lovely piece like this carved of mahogany and now part of our FURNITURE SALE.  The price will surprise you.

When looking over our many different collections of furniture, you should make sure to drop in to see our Egyptian tables and accessories.  Many of these are Design Toscano exclusives and will make a great addition to your décor.  A fascinating item is Renenutet the Cobra Goddess Altar Candlestick and Candle which stands almost a foot tall and done in wonderful hand painted colors and faux gold.  The cobras are amazing and will cause quite a stir.

For the many of you that have been charmed by our Japanese garden statues, please look at our fall collection which includes many Japanese artifacts for indoor décor.  A sculpture that is sure to become a favorite is the Courtesans Holding Fans Wall Sculptures.  These are bas relief sculptures done in the style of Japanese woodcut artists.  They are very detailed and hand painted in amazingly soothing colors.
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Medieval Sculptures and Furniture

Poison Oak: Greenman Tree SculptureThe Design Toscano medieval décor collection is large and varied, so of course it has something for everyone and is well worth browsing.  The greenmen collection is unusual and intriguing at all times from their fine furniture to the faces in the trees.  One tree face that is a lot of fun is the Poison Oak Greenman Tree Sculpture.  This exclusive by artist Liam Manchester fits right on your tree.  He stares out with a frightening grin on his face that is over a foot tall.  He is all gnarly and twisted and a great conversation piece.  Get him now during our DOG DAYS OF SUMMER SALE running from August 16th through August 20th.

Delving further into our medieval collection, you will find castle walls, dragons, gargoyles and naturally knight statues and other knightly objects.  For those of you who are fans of the Arthurian tales we have the exquisite King Arthur’s Golden Chalice Gothic Sculpture which is depicted in extraordinary detail out of designer resin.  The cup is painted with a metallic gold tone and while it is not for use as a cup, it is an unusual display piece.  You can get one or a set of two maybe at the DOG DAYS OF SUMMER SALE running from August 16th through August 20th.

Our marble busts for sale section of course has items that are already on sale and yet you might get a further bargain on one of those pieces at our DOG DAYS OF SUMMER SALE running from August 16th through August 20th.  One piece that you will want to have in your recreation room or family room is The Lion & Rose Marble-Topped  English Bar Pub.   This comfortably sized replica of an Edwardian style bar has a cushioned rest for your arm and seven panels of mahogany wood finish.  The storage has double doors with two shelves and stemware racks.




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Angels, Dragons and Greenmen Furniture

The Jacobean Court Cupboard BuffetA stone garden angel can add  spiritual peace to a space in your garden and all of our collection is sculpted in exquisite detail.  A popular figure is An Angel’s Offering Religious Statue which is cast from an Italian statue of the 19th century.  The statue and mount are 61” tall and finely done with great detail to her face and wings and the exquisite shell that she is offering up.  She will bring serenity to any garden.

A medieval décor is not complete without something from our greenmen collection.  Many of our outdoor greenmen are somewhat scary and intriguing, while the furniture of the collection is carved in great detail and are beautiful pieces.  The Jacobean Court Cupboard Buffet is carved in solid mahogany and is now at a reduced price.  This outstanding piece has plenty of storage with cabinets at top and bottom and drawers.  The carvings are from the Jacobean era and this item can only be found at Design Toscano.

A great piece for a desktop or a gift to a friend comes from our collection of gargoyle figurines which include not only gargoyles but dragons as well.  The Deadly Venom Whiptail Dragon Statue stands 9” tall and depicts this exciting dragon climbing over castle walls.  He is hand painted done in faux gold and white in contrast to the gray castle walls.  He would be an intriguing piece on any desk.

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