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.

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

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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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From a Surprised Ent to Cute Bear Cubs

Bark, the Black Forest Ent Tree Statue
There is always something unique and surprising in our greenmen collection from faces in leaves to finely carved furniture.  A garden sculpture with something different is our Bark, the Black Forest Ent Tree Statue. This surprised looking tree stump has a grimace on his mouth and large bulging eyes.  His hands are tree branches and he stands two feet tall.  This is, of course, an exclusive.

We love to create large sculpture that will give your garden character such as the large Buddha statue which creates an atmosphere of serenity and peace.  If, however, you are looking to create an atmosphere of a bit of fun scariness then Sinister Simon Giant Skull Sculpture is the piece for you.  This 15” tall skull is just a bit larger than average and has a sinister looking grin on his so-called face.  He is fun for the summer and just right for Halloween.

Our animals just love to roam your outdoor garden space and many of you have made room for our giraffes and outdoor elephant statues.  We now have another realistic animal sculpture that is so incredibly cute you will want one right away.  This is our Black Bear Cubs Up a Tree Sculpture.  Here are three black bear cubs, hand painted and realistically sculpted, climbing a tree for a better look at your guests.  They are adorable and great fun.


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Water Fountain and Beautiful Religious Sculpture

The Hartwig Walking Stick/Umbrella StandIn the Gothic and medieval theme our wonderful greenmen have everything from talking trees to beautifully carved furniture.  Something that is very useful, but many of us don’t think of putting in our home is an umbrella stand.  When it comes from the greenmen collection like the Hartwig Walking Stick/Umbrella Stand it is too beautiful to ignore.  This stand is created out of foundry iron and weighs 16 pounds.  It features detailed scrollwork and of course, a Greenman in the center. 

Your garden should be a peaceful place, but sometimes it is nice to have the sound of one of our outdoor water fountains to add some serenity to the space.  One of our more beautiful fountains is the Toscana Three Urn Garden Fountain.  Three urns sculpted to replicate pottery urns pour water into a pool which is illuminated.  The urns are placed on pieces of wood sculpted extremely realistically.  This is one of our exclusives.

Religious outdoor statues are certainly one of our most popular items and we have a great variety to choose from.  One of our most colorful religious statues is The Virgin of Guadalupe Religious Statue.  This statue depicts the Blessed Mother as she appeared to a peasant in the desert.  She is hand painted in the bright colors of the desert and is reverently blessing the people around her.

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Wonderful Gothic and Medieval Furniture Pieces

Nettlestone Library EnsembleAll of these items are part of our sale collection.

Our outdoor furniture is fun and definitely statuesque, but our indoor furniture is always special and different from anything else you might see.  From the era of our knight statues comes a special piece that would have been at home in any lord’s castle, our Nettlestone Library Ensemble.   This is an amazing piece of furniture that when it is closed looks like a bookcase and yet it opens into a nice little café sized table with comfortable chairs.  Don’t be surprised when you find the hidden compartments in the table!

Broadgate Grand Presentation CaseIn keeping with the theme of books and old libraries, one of our gothic tables is just the right piece for your sitting room.  The sculpture is called Power of Books Sculptural Glass-Topped Side table.  This hand painted Design Toscano exclusive is a stack of books sculpted in designer resin with a glass top.  It is a wonderful piece for your library or any room where you like to curl up with a good book.

Everyone collects something and when they have pieces that they love they want a beautiful place in which to display them.  The Broadgate Grand Presentation Case is just the furniture piece in which to do that.  This handsome case is carved like our greenmen furniture out of hardwood with Corinthian columns and egg and dart molding.  The glass shelving can be adjusted to display your collection at its very best.



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Egyptian Table, Renaissance Chair

Egyptian Pharaoh's Kneeling Servant: Egyptian Side Table StatueThere were many lovely sculptures and treasures in Ancient Egypt and we have many of them in our Egyptian Tables collection.  For a good sized side table, there is the Egyptian Pharaoh’s Kneeling Servant: Egyptian Side Table Statue.  This piece consists of an exquisitely sculpted statue done in fiberglass reinforced resin and hand painted in faux gold, silver and ebony.  He is a servant dressed in an Egyptian headdress and stands 36 ½” tall.  The table top is his tray that he is holding out waiting for libations and snacks to be placed there.

You might think that our greenmen collection is made up of only woodsy outdoor statues, but nothing could be farther from the truth.   This collection contains some wonderful pieces of furniture such as the DeMedici Palace Renaissance Chair.  This chair is hand carved in mahogany wood and is an excellent, exclusive replica of a 16th Century Italian chair not often seen outside museums.

People love to decorate the yards of their beach houses with items from the sea and we have several of these.  All of our animal sculpture is realistically done, like our popular tiger sculpture, and one that is great for the beach house is the Ocean’s Perch Pelican Statue.  This statue is 2 feet tall and depicts two gorgeous pelicans standing on a wooden piling.  Sculpted in resin and hand painted, they come realistically to life and the piling looks like a weathered wooden dock.


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Knights and Somewhat Different Sculpture

Fourth of July Sale
Knights of the Digital Realm Sculptural BookendsDon’t forget that the Fourth of July 20% off Sale ends on July 5, come in and browse now.
Design Toscano has knight statues of all types from standing and riding knights to bookend and chess set knights.  One knight sculpture that everyone will find useful is our Knights of the Digital Realm Sculptural Bookends.   This wonderful depiction of Teutonic knights on horseback has been designed by our artist as bookends to hold CDs and other digital media.  The stone walls are created high enough to give support to anything in those little plastic packs.  This would make a great gift.

Oak King Greenman Wall SculptureDuring this great sale you will need to browse through the many different things that are found in the Basil Street Gallery from statues, to furniture and wall sculpture, there is something for everyone there.  You might be interested in The Creation Wall Sculptures which will bring the wonder of the Sistine Chapel into your home.  This is a 3-dimensional replica of the hand of God giving life to man with a set of wonderfully sculpted arms and hands; impressive down to the last detail.

Our greenmen collection is also filled with wonderful and large wall sculpture that can find a place on your patio or in your den.  The fascinating Oak King Greenman Wall Sculpture is an incredibly detailed Gothic piece of the king that ruled the summer solstice.  He is a foot wide and has the woodsy look of all our marvelous greenmen.

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A Greenmen Witch, Baby Sea Lions and Dragons

Weekend Sale June 24th through June 26th

Please remember that our Weekend Sale, June 24th through June 26th will be featuring our Classic Garden collection.  The greenmen are often a part of this collection and this might be the weekend to come and view some of these unusual statues and wall figures.  One that is a lot of fun and wonderfully made is The Poison Ivy Forest Witch: Greenman Wall Sculpture.  You can decorate your garden wall with this foot and one half detailed sculpture of a rather ugly witch wearing a wonderful witch’s hat surrounded by poison ivy leaves.  In typical greenman fashion, she is unusual but wonderful.

Floating Sea Lion Pups Animal StatuesAll of our animal sculpture is detailed and hand painted like our popular tiger sculpture.  Many of our artists have been working hard at making the animal offspring equally great and just a little bit cuter.  A fine example is our Floating Sea Lion Pups Animal Statues.  These three little sea lion pups are basking on a rock with one that is floating around nearby.  You can put them in water because they literally float; fun for the koi pond or any other water feature.  They have the great detail and beautiful hand painting of all our animal sculpture.

Summer always seems to be a time for gift giving from graduations to birthdays and weddings.  For the graduate there is no better place to look than in our gargoyle gifts section.  Here you find things that will make the grad’s new office just a little different such as The Desktop Dragon Hatchlings: Set of Three.  Here you have three little dragons just being born and still wearing parts of their eggshells.  Who would expect that on an office desk?

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