Outdoor Garden Water Fountains Can Also Be Fine Wall Decorations

House of York Lion Sculptural FountainThe sound of falling water ranks among the most popular of natural soundscapes. When you listen to the gentle bubbling laughter of water in a stream or fountain, it's easy to imagine why ancient cultures believed such places to be the abodes of beautiful nymphs and water deities. Primeval, soothing and meditative, the eternal sounds of water are excellent, easy therapy for cleansing the mind of worries. For this reason, the garden acts as a perfect place for hosting a pond or a fountain. Blend the cleansing function of a fountain with a beautiful sculpture and it becomes a  fantastic backyard centerpiece. Nevertheless, fountains for the backyard don't have to be put in the middle of a Koi pond, nor do they need to be placed on the ground.

There are also fountains that can be hung on walls and they bring a unique, powerful look to any backyard that hosts them. Take for example the House of York Lion Sculptural Fountain. Over three feet in height, this beautiful objet d'art will dominate walls in the garden and the home. Its beautiful sculpted details depict roses, cherubs, and the fierce head of a lion that lords over a big, shell catch basin. However, stocks of this unique fountain sculpture are going fast so buy one today before they sell out!

Get 20% off this excellent piece from now until Friday, May 11th. As part of the virtual warehouse sale at Design Toscano, all sale gargoyle figurines, garden statuary, and other items are 20% off until May 11th!

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Save on Garden Statuary with the Spring Blowout Sale

As April comes to an end, the tail end of Spring has also arrived. The warm weather came into town a few weeks ago in many parts of the United States and has just arrived in the northeast and southern Canada. It's safe to say that Winter is officially gone for yet another year and this is always cause for celebration. It's Far East Garden Fighters Gnome Statue: Ninjathe perfect excuse for throwing a backyard barbecue or wine-tasting party in the garden and is also why Design Toscano is holding a Spring blowout sale! Check the early Summer catalog and watch the website to see what's being sold at discounted prices.

You might find that large Buddha statue you have always wanted for your Asian-themed backyard at the type of price you have been waiting for. Complement it with a light-hearted Ninja Gnome statue or a beautiful Panda sculpture.

You might also find sales on beautiful outdoor garden water fountains such as Hebe, the Goddess of Youth Garden Fountain or a quality, detailed replica of the famous, cheeky Peeing boy of Brussels sculptural fountain.

There are also dozens of other garden decor pieces to choose from. Just remember to keep an eye out for the Spring blowout insert that comes with the early Summer catalog and browse the Design Toscano website for sales!

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Dragon Garden Statues for the Asian-themed Backyard

The classic, exotic beauty of an Asian-themed garden is a sight to behold. Carefully tended gardens have been an important part of east-Asian cultures for more than two thousand years. Trees can be tended for generations in the hope of attaining an exquisite, sculptured appearance. Beautiful wooden or stone bridges cross small streams and Koi ponds. Miniature pagodas, Buddha outdoor statues, and other sculptures are common features of Asian gardens. Dragon sculptures in particular are especially Benevolent Asian Dragon Statueimportant for adding a touch of authenticity and mysticism.

These mythical winged beasts have played an important role in many east-Asian cultures and are typically viewed as harbingers of good luck. Few dragon sculptures embody this belief better than the Benevolent Asian Dragon Statue. Sculpted by Chinese master artist Gary Chang, this wonderfully ornate dragon has an open, smiling mouth and appears ready to proclaim your good fortune and prosperity.

Another dragon for the garden that is more mystical in character is the Asian Dragon with Power Orb Solid Bronze Garden Sculpture. This serpentine dragon of water and wind demonstrates its magical prowess by clutching a power orb. This beautiful solid bronze sculpture comes in three different sizes and is also piped for use as a fountain.

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

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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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The Cutest of Garden Statues

There's so much that can be done with a backyard for decorating that it can be hard to know where to even start. Animal garden sculptures give a unique, wild touch to any backyard. Garden fairies are right at home in flowerbeds, hanging from trees, and frolicking next to fountains. You could also get a couple of Fanny & Frank Farmer Garden StatueBuddha outdoor statues for an Asian-themed garden or put a dragon or two in the backyard. Or, you could just go for the cutest statues to make your personal green space absolutely adorable.

Most of the fairy and animal statues are cute as can be but it's hard not to give the cutest award to the Fanny and Frank Farmer statues. These sculptures of young child farmers are as realistic as they are beautiful. Fanny is ready to water the vegetables with a watering pot adorned with a pink heart. With sporty outdoor footwear, a garden dress, and floppy hat, she's more than ready to take care of the garden.

Frank is just as adorable with his straw hat and cute farming outfit. One foot crossed in front of the other, he contemplates where to plant the tomatoes.

Get 20% off these cute garden statues and everything else from Design Toscano until Friday, March 30th!

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Garden Statuary for a Backyard Fountain

Every garden deserves a fountain. There is something about bubbling water that soothes the mind and The Baby Fur Seal Statuespeaks of peace eternal. Such ingredients are perfect for meditation, relieving stress, and reading a great book in your favorite backyard chair. Fountains are sculptures all on their own but  they look even better when complemented with the right type of garden statues. Animal garden sculptures in particular can create fun, backyard scenes when paired with artistic fountains.

The Masked Fisherman Raccoon from Design Toscano is one such statue. In nature, raccoons love to catch fish and crustaceans in wetland habitats but none have mastered the art of fishing like this clever bandit. Pole in hand and wicker creel waiting at its feet, it eyes the fish it has caught with determined, hungry eyes.

Another animal yard statue that looks right at home next to a fountain or pool is the Baby Fur Seal statue. Walking along on its flippers, the innocent expression on the face of this very realistic sculpture will melt hearts and add a tender touch to every fountain scene. From its wet nose to the lifelike whiskers, the details of this resin statue are truly amazing.

Create the perfect fountain scene with these and other outdoor items from Design Toscano.

 

 

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Add a Peaceful Touch to Your Garden with Buddha Outdoor Sculptures

Gardens are meant to be peaceful sanctuaries that take you away from the stress and worries Jolly Hotei Buddha Statueof life. When you enter your garden, leave your worries back at the door. There's no place for those turbulent thoughts in your personal green space because this is where you go to relax, rejuvenate, and re-energize. Although just walking into the backyard will start the stress-reduction process, it works best with the right type of atmosphere and decor.

Put in a fountain or a Koi pond and let the gentle, soothing whispers of running water refresh the mind. Highlight the scene with a large Buddha statue though and your garden will take on a whole new atmosphere of serenity. The tranquil, peaceful appearance of the Buddha's face will inspire you to clear your mind of all thoughts and encourage meditation. You could also put some classy garden furniture within sight of the garden sculpture to sit while you meditate or read a favorite book.

Off in another part of the garden, add to the scene with a jolly, Hotei Buddha statue. His smile won't fail to cheer you up and remind you of the good things in life, one of those being your Asian-themed garden.

Add peace and tranquility to your garden and save until Sunday, February 5th with 20% off Asian garden sculptures, Asian garden statues, and other Asian-themed decor!


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Get a Jump Start on Your Garden Shopping

If you are living in a seasonal climate where the frost has yet to thaw and you still have trouble seeing greenery outside, then you are probably counting the days until you can begin Jolly Hotei Buddha Statuesprouting new life in your outdoor domain again.  While you are ticking the days off the calendar, get a jump start on your outdoor seasonal shopping by stocking up on some garden items now.  Buying items such as your outdoor garden water fountains during the high season is going to be expensive.  At Design Toscano, we have these items and more garden pieces on sale all the time. There is simply no need to feel depressed about waiting for your garden when you can start planning it today, and score some great deals at the same time.

Greek garden statues are always a popular way to add a touch of magic too any outdoor domain.  If you bought these in season, you would pay a fortune.  Did you ever think you could have the Birth of Venus in your own backyard for less than $50?

Buddha outdoor statues are also a popular item, whether you are a Buddhist or not.  Who doesn’t love adding a touch of Zen to their outdoor space with a religious symbol.  Our Jolly Hotei Buddha will had a smile to your face as you plan your outdoor space this year, and will add a smile to others you entertain when your favorite season finally arrives!

In addition to these great deals, you still have a few hours left to get in on our 20% off EVERYTHING sale that ends tomorrow January 3rd!!  Hurry, the sale is minutes away from closing!!

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Garden Statues Now Reduced!!

Now that the busiest part of the holiday season is over, it’s time to take advantage of all of the great post-holiday sales.  If you are itching to get shopping again, we have a huge selection of many items that are already reduced, and a two day sale to help!  Today we will look at some of our best selling statues for garden that are now on sale.

If you have been thinking about adding outdoor garden water fountains to your outdoor space this year, the best time to make the purchase is in the off season when prices go down.  One of our best sellers is the Versailles Cherub Urn and Plinth, and this adds a unique touch to any outdoor space.  As well, these adorable cherubs come in a variety of sizes to accommodate the space you have and on your budget.

The Halfpence Cobblestone BridgeYou may also want to consider adding some furniture or structural pieces to your outdoor space this year.  An outdoor garden sculpture such as our Halfpence Cobblestone Bridge can transform your garden into an English Countryside in just minutes!

No matter what you are looking for for your garden this year, there is something reduced for everyone.  As well, we have an additional 20% off all items for just two days only, starting today December 26th and running through December 27th, so once you are done your garden shopping, you may want to take advantage fo those savings and browse our interior items for a few indoor pieces as well!

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Choosing Outdoor Water Fountains

Nature's Blessed Prayer St. Francis Sculptural FountainIf you are thinking of mixing up your garden theme this year, or adding something that you always thought was a luxury item and just never got around to doing it, you may want to consider adding outdoor garden water fountains to your outdoor space this year.  The reason is simple.  No matter how big or small a space you have to work with, fountains elevate the tone of your garden very quickly.  Many people don’t want to go to the trouble or expense of a fountain, but the truth is, they are easier and more affordable to implement than you might think.

A water fountain only needs to be as expensive as your budget will allow.  If you like the religious theme, religious outdoor statues that couple as a fountain will make just the statement you are looking for. Our Nature’s Blessed Prayer fountain will offer you all that you need in a religious sentiment with the calming effects of a water fountain, without crunching the wallet. 

If animals are more your thing, our adorable little sea otters garden fountain offers you the same effect of adding the ambience of a fountain on a very small budget.  If your space is small, this one tucks away beautifully with very little cramping on either style or budget.
An outdoor garden sculpture that also works as a garden fountain will accomplish two goals in any garden space no how big or how small an area OR budget you are working with.

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Animal Garden Statues Will Bring Out the Wild In You

Tiny the Elephant Lawn Sculpture and Garden SprinklerIf you have started planning your garden theme for next year, you may be thinking about injecting a little extra something to it but aren’t quite sure what.  With all of our garden statues on sale right now, you can truly let your imagination go wild.  One theme that you can work with that will surely not be replicated elsewhere on the block is the theme of the wild.  Our animal garden statues will not only bring out the wild in you, but they are as adorable as they are fierce.

Who doesn’t love an elephant?  Choose an outdoor elephant statue or outdoor garden water fountains featuring your favourite character.  Whether you are using Tiny as an outdoor sculpture or as a sprinkler system won’t matter, he will capture anyone’s attention.

You also don’t have to go extreme if you are bringing the wild into your outdoor space with an outdoor animal statue.  All you need to do is think of your favourite animal, and browse from our huge selection.  You can create an entire zooland if you want, or simply just add an adorable face peeking around from one of your treasured bushes or shrubs.  No matter how wild or tame you go, any animal brought into your garden is going to add an element of personality that nothing else will.

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What You Need to Create Japanese Landscape Design

Cascading Bamboo Sculptural FountainJapanese landscape design has become one of the most popular exterior design themes of contemporary day.  There is something about a Japanese garden that invites peace and tranquility in your outdoor space.  To create a Japanese landscape design, you will use the elements in nature you are provided with, and arrange them to reflect the peaceful reality you seek.  Whereas Western gardens use more flora and fauna to create this harmony, a Japanese garden will use them in more natural and subtle ways.

For example, a tortoise statue believe it or not is a Japanese symbol that can add an incredible omen to your outdoor space.  The tortoise is believed to be a symbol of immortality in the Eastern world, and when incorporated into a garden, provides support, good luck, and longevity to its owner.

Ponds and hills are also a common theme in Eastern gardens, as these represent tranquil elements of nature.  You can use an Asian inspired outdoor garden water fountain to accomplish this goal, or create a pond in your outdoor area if you have the space.  As well, religious outdoor statues are symbols of significance in Japan, and are used frequently for dwellers to invite blessings from the heavens into their indoor or outdoor space.  A religious statue outside near your entrance will beckon the gods of your choice to bless peace on your garden and home.

When it comes to Japanese landscape design, Japanese principles and your imagination are all you need to incorporate the peace of mind you seek into your garden. 
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How to Create a Buddhist Garden

Implementing Buddha into an exterior decor is a desire for many seeking tranquility and relaxation in their garden space.  If you are creating an outdoor space that you will use for meditation or relaxation purposes, a Buddhist garden is an excellent way to do so.  But if you want to create a Buddhist garden, follow the tips from the experts, as there is a way to do a Buddhist garden the Buddhist way.

Giant Buddha Monument-Sized Garden SculptureA large Buddha statue or the addition of the religious outdoor statues of your choice  are standard elements if you desire to bring the religious and harmonious balance you seek into any outdoor decor.  But this is not enough, you will want to use authentic Buddhist principles to accomplish this goal.

Elements of a Zen Buddhist garden include a quiet place for sitting, numerous paths for walking meditation, and a body of water such as outdoor garden water fountains or a running pond.  A place for feeding birds, fish, and other animals is also conducive to respecting the harmony and balance in nature, a key principle in Zen Buddhism.

These are simple Buddhist principles that you can easily incorporate into any outdoor living space.  When you add these basic elements, you combine the harmony and balance of nature with the inner peace you wish to seek.

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Floor Fountains vs. Wall Fountains For Your Garden

The addition of a water fountain to any outdoor living space will be the addition of an element of tranquility as well.  Outdoor water garden fountains are a wonderful way to add an instant ambience to your outdoor space.  Whether you choose a floor fountain or a wall sculpture for your outdoor fountain will depend on a number of factors.

Five Spilling Broken Urns Sculptural Cast Stone FountainYour space will be your first determination on whether a wall fountain or a floor fountain will be preferred.  If you have little moving space, but ample wall space, you can add a touch of elegance with a wall sculpture that adds an element of Old World Italy into your garden.  A wall fountain needs to complement your space and add to the ambience you are creating, without overtaking it. 

If you have more space to work with, a floor fountain that uses Greek garden statues will create a dramatic effect that also accomplishes your goal of tranquility.  This type of floor fountain  is ideal for larger living spaces and broader outdoor gardens.  If you don’t have the space to accommodate something like this, but still prefer the serenity of a floor fountain, a subtle addition of some Egyptian art such as these spilling broken urns creates a very soothing effect and requires very little floor space.

Choosing spaces that minimize element exposure or exposure to debris will also be very helpful when considering whether to go with floor or wall fountains.

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Using Japanese Principles to Create a Garden Retreat

A design theme that is cropping up in many outdoor landscapes today is the design theme centered around Japanese principles.  How far you want to go with this theme will depend on your personal preferences.  Japanese principles in the outdoor space are becoming more common as they are well known to create stunning retreats that you can literally escape to.  You can incorporate Japanese principles into every element of your outdoor design, or you can do so through simple accents such as Japanese garden statues for the same effect.  Here are some tips on incorporating Japanese principles into your garden to accomplish that retreat like effect.

Cherubs at Play Sculptural FountainRunning water is a common Japanese principle seen in outdoor spaces.  Most commonly you will see this in outdoor garden water fountains in a Japanese designed garden.  Water is a symbol of life, and running water through a fountain or garden brook will bring tranquility to your space almost instantly.  Your fountain does not need to be Japan themed to incorporate this symbol of Japanese principles.

Religious outdoor statues are another way to incorporate Japanese elements into your outdoor design.  Religious statues carry symbolic significance and the simple addition of an outdoor Buddha to your outdoor space can instantly provide an effect of harmony and balance into your garden.

Japanese monks would use their gardens are religious retreats to meditate and seek wisdom. You can use your garden for the same effect to seek tranquility in your desired way using these Japanese principles.

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Fall Is The Best Time to Update Your Garden Theme

If you are waiting until the next Spring season to start changing the look of your outdoor living space, you may want to reconsider.  When you are designing your outdoor space, you want to take your vision and make it come to life with your budget.  As such, there is no better time to do that than in the Fall, when garden furniture and decoration costs come down considerably.  Here we talk about ways to spice up your garden theme and take advantage of Fall garden sales.

Lord Earl Houghton's Elephant Wall SculptureNo matter what area of the country you live in, most furniture and garden outlets start bringing their prices down on major pieces in the Fall or harvest season.  If you have been considering adding outdoor water garden fountains but have hesitated in the past due to budget, the Fall may be the perfect time to do so.  Garden fountains are typically an investment piece, but require less maintenance in the Fall and are easy to install even when the temperatures start to dip.

Statues are typically another investment piece into outdoor garden decoration themes. The Fall is a great time to invest into garden statues that are being reduced prior to the next season.  You can change your entire outdoor space with the implementation of some ethereal greek garden statues, or add some wisdom to your garden with some outdoor elephant statues or wall sculpture

When you want to add some more expensive pieces to your garden or outdoor space, the Fall is the best time to do so. 

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What Lies Behind the Symbolism of a Gargoyle

Emmett the Gargoyle SculptureA gargoyle is a very common symbol in decor today, and maybe even one you have already incorporated into your home or garden decor.  But do you truly understand what the gargoyle is symbolising when you use it in your design?  Here we discuss the meaning behind the symbolic gargoyle, and how easy it is to bring that relevance to life in your design theme.

Whether you are choosing simple gargoyle figurines or selecting outdoor garden water fountains with gargoyle accents, you are creating a statement of meaning instantly.  As derived from the French, a gargoyle is a creature that contains a waterspout projecting from the upper portion of a building or roof gutter in order to clear water blocks.  The French term “gargouille” is literally translated into “throat”, and so in France, what literally began as a gutter cleaning, became a symbol of building guardianship on buildings where gargoyles were found. 

A gargoyle then typically symbolizes guardianship or security on the property it is found on.  It is said to protect against evil spirits and was used in ancient France to communicate religious ideas of protection when mounted on the walls of buildings.  Gargoyles can be found on gothic tables or gothic furniture accents or on pieces reminiscent of the renaissance. However you incorporate gargoyles into your home, know when you do you are incorporating a sense of mythical protection.

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Poseidon, Buddha and a Tree of Life

Young Poseidon Sculptural FountainNow is the time to browse for outdoor statues and fountains as so many of them are on sale.  We have artistic sculpture of all types and one of our most popular collections is our Greek garden statues.  The many Greek gods, goddesses and heroes have been the favorite subjects for artists for many centuries and ours are no exception.  A marvelous outdoor fountain in this style is the Young Poseidon Sculptural Fountain and it is now on sale.  The young god rides a dolphin and is surrounded with water in this 54 ½” fountain.

Nothing adds serenity and peace to a meditation garden like a large Buddha statue and we have some in our collection that are beyond beautiful and unique.  One of these is The Tranquil Buddha Solid Bronze Garden Statue which is over a foot wide and a foot and a half tall.  Using the lost wax bronze method of casting, this loving depiction of Buddha is finished in different tones of verdigris patina.

For those of you who enjoy our Japanese garden statues and all other Asian or contemporary décor, we have some lovely wall sculptures that you will want to hang immediately.  One such sculpture is the Ancient Tree of Life Wall Sculpture.  This sculpture is over 3 ft. wide and is a bas relief created in designer resin.  The tree has something of the look of an ancient Bonsai and would blend wonderfully with many different types of décor.
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Buddha Fountain, Geisha Statue and Chinese Empress

Grand Buddha Meditation FountainThis is the time of year to look closely at our outdoor statues and fountains because many of them are now on sale.  If you love our large Buddha statue, you might be interested in the Grand Buddha Meditation Fountain which is now on sale at $100 off.  The fountain is over 3 ft. tall and has a peaceful image of Buddha on its wall with water flowing gently over it.  It is carved as a replication of an Asian temple in beautiful detail and the water fount has lighting.

For fans of our Japanese garden statues, we now have many beautiful Japanese sculptures for both indoors and outdoors many of which are on sale.  A particularly nice example is the Song of Geisha Sculpture now on sale at a great gift giving price.  The artist has constructed this small statue with a perfect eye to the fashion, instrument and hairstyling of the geisha in 17th century Japan.  The detailed resin sculpture has been given a superb ivory finish.

You may have friends that love all things Asian or you may even have this décor in your own home.  There is no better place to look for Asian décor than our fine Basil Street Gallery.  A beautiful item that would make a fine gift is the Chinese Empress on Dragon Throne Statue: Queen.  The beautiful empress is wearing a most colorful gown sculpted in great detail.  She is seated on a throne with two exquisite dragons in faux gold, making this 9 ½” statue a shining addition to any Asian décor.

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Heavenly Angels and the Eye of Horus

Heavenly Moments Angel Sculptural FountainWhenever you see a beautiful stone garden angel statue in any outdoor garden, 9 times out of 10 it will have originated from Design Toscano.  Our angels are renowned for the artists’ attention to detail and the serenity they emit.  If you love fountains, take a look at the Heavenly Moments Angel Sculptural Fountain.  The fountain is almost four feet tall and has a verdigis bronze finish.  A beautiful angel is dipping her toes in a large basin of water and the water sounds create a tranquil peaceful space.

As part of our GARDEN SALE, many of our wonderful animals are now on sale.  These are realistically sculpted and hand painted like our popular tiger sculpture.  The panda is always a sought after item and now Tian Shan, the Asian Panda Sculpture is on sale!  This adorable panda, depicted chewing on some bamboo, is a foot and a half tall.  The artist did excellent work with detail on his paws and marvelous face.

Also on sale are some pieces in our extensive Egyptian art collection.  Now is the time to pick these up a great price and perhaps redo some your indoor décor.  A great start for decor would be with the sparkling Eye of Horus Egyptian Vase.  This is a ceramic vase with the Eye of Horus painted on a crisp Egyptian blue background.  It is 9” tall, hand fired and accented with real gold leaf.  A great item to find on sale!

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