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Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

CLASSICAL ROMAN STYLE

During Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 A.D., Pompeii and Herculaneum in today’s Italy were preserved as they were on the day of their destruction. Particularly at Herculaneum, furnishings were carbonized beneath volcanic ash. This was pivotal to understanding how Classical Roman furniture was designed. Archaeological investigations and printed reproductions of discoveries would influence styles evoking this ancient civilization, from the Renaissance to neoclassicism.

While knowledge of Classical Roman furniture comes from rare surviving pieces, it is also derived from frescoes and sculptures portraying Roman life. Much of Roman art, architecture and design was informed by Greece — Roman architect, military engineer and writer Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, whose timeless De architectura is taught in contemporary architecture classes and pays tribute to classical architecture, visited Greece while working under Julius Caesar and admired the country’s architectural developments. The Roman solium references the Greek thronos, a stately chair of honor with an upright form and footstool. As the Roman Empire spread across Europe and into North Africa and Western Asia, the expansion of trade for silver, silk, marble and wood allowed for more luxurious designs.

Classical Roman furniture was made from bronze, wood and stone — in particular, marble — with ornate touches like tortoiseshell veneers, bone and glass inlays and claw feet. Ornaments depicting lion heads and mythological figures were sculpted from silver, bronze and ivory. Compared to the decorative attention given to the mosaic floors and wall paintings, however, furniture for even a wealthy house was minimal. It focused on the necessities for guests arriving for both socializing and business and the rooms housing family, relatives and enslaved people.

The triclinium dining room had banquet couches, items so prized they were sometimes interred with the deceased. Tall bronze or terracotta candelabras held oil lamps for lighting. Carved marble tables reflected status, while the lararium home shrine demonstrated faith.

Find a collection of Classical Roman decorative objects, tables, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Classical Roman
Antique Large Garden Statue Female Sculpture with Nice Patina
Located in Buxton, GB
Antique female Statue, sourced from Chateau in South France. Great Decorative Piece with Nice Patina. 2 repairs to one arm in the weathered stone composite. Dimensions 125cm High ...
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Mid-20th Century French Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

Materials

Concrete

Pair of Antique Carved Stone Capitals and Bases
Located in Sheffield, MA
The pair of antique stone capitals come with separate semi-circular bases. These are to be attache to a wall like pilasters. Can be used for planter bases, small side table or as gar...
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19th Century American Antique Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

Materials

Stone

Classical Tall French Garden Sculpture of Male Figure from Early 20th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
A tall French garden sculpture of male figure from the early 20th century. This antique cast-stone statue from France features a male figure, draped in classical attire, standing aga...
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20th Century French Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Cast Stone

Marble Scalloped Sink Basin
Located in Cranbrook, Kent
Classical Italian scalloped sink basin cut from one single block of Carrara marble. Ideal in or outside decorative feature. Custom sizes availabl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

Materials

Marble

Garden Metal Wall Candle Holder, 1950s, France
Located in Den Haag, NL
Classic metal wall candleholder, fits three candles. Decorated with metal Leafs . 1950s, France.
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1950s French Vintage Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

Materials

Metal

English Garden Stone Urn or Planter Pot on Plinth Base in the Classical Style
Located in Austin, TX
A fine English garden urn (or planter pot) on plinth of composition stone in the Classical style, featuring an urn with semi-lobed body on raised square base, set upon a square plint...
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20th Century English Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Cast Stone

Pair of Cast Plaster Recumbent Entrance Way Garden Lions
Located in New York, NY
Attractive pair of garden statuary, entrance way lions, of heavy cast material (plaster). Both are in very good, original condition, showing only the expe...
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Early 20th Century American Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

Materials

Plaster

Weathered Cast Stone Classical Corinthian Column Pedestal
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A weathered cast stone classical corinthian column pedestal A superb fluted classical column pedestal, the pedestal is made in cast ston...
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Mid-20th Century Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

Materials

Cast Stone

Large Weathered Iron Garden Statue of Mercury 'Hermes' the Winged Messenger
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Large weathered iron garden statue of mercury (Hermes) the winged messenger The statue is very heavy it is almost 4ft tall and made in Iron, it has been outside for many years it ...
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Early 19th Century Antique Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Iron

Puer Mingens, Charming Garden Sculpture in Vicenza Stone, 1960
Located in Budapest, HU
Beautiful garden sculpture in original Vicenza stone carved by one of the most appreciated artists of the genre.
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1960s Italian Vintage Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Stone

Pair Garden Vases in Vicenza Stone, 1960
Located in Budapest, HU
Beautiful pair garden vases in original Vicenza stone carved by one of the most appreciated artists of the genre.
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1960s Italian Vintage Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Stone

Pair of Tall Classical Styled Fluted Metal Garden Urns on Stands
Located in Nashville, TN
Metal with fired finish (in distress). Tall (just shy of 5 feet) and of Classical Design with ribbed fluting and on attached square bases. The bases decorated with laurels on all fou...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Metal

Roman Marble Bust of a Caesar, 18th Century
Located in Charleston, SC
This Classical Roman marble bust of a Caesar is life-size with fine detailed carving.
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18th Century Italian Antique Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

Materials

Marble

Pair of Old Italian Stone Garden Vases. Florence, Late of 18th Century
Located in Budapest, HU
Extraordinary pair of vases dating back to the late 1700s and coming from a villa on the hills of Fiesole (Florence).
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18th Century Italian Antique Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Cement

English Garden Stone Urn or Planter Pot on Square Plinth Base
Located in Austin, TX
A fine English garden urn (or planter pot) on plinth of composition stone, featuring a round urn with Classically proportioned body on raised square base, set upon a square plinth wi...
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20th Century English Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Cast Stone

Italian Bronze Fountain
Located in Budapest, HU
Precious Italian bronze fountain made with the lost-wax casting technique. Bronze composed of 80% copper. Perfectly working.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Bronze

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1920s American Vintage Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Large 18th or 19th Century Antique Iron Anduze Style Garden Vase / Planter / Urn
Located in Lisse, NL
Very rare and highly decorative, architectural cast iron vase. If you are a private collector or an interior designer with an eye for the rare and wonderful, then this very rare and timeless garden vase could be perfect for your home or for one of your projects. You may have seen French terracotta Anduze vases before, but we are pretty certain that you have never seen one made of cast iron. This large and possibly one of a kind specimen of cast iron has a wonderfully calm design and it is hand painted in a beigy-gray color which makes it even more timeless. Handcrafted using cast iron...
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Carved Onyx Rock Sink Basin with Live Edge
Located in Atlanta, GA
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Onyx Rock Sink Bathroom Basin with Live Edge
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Large and Whimsical Cast Stone Windmill Garden Sculpture
Located in Bridgeport, CT
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Bleu Stone Planter
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A 19th century Belgium bluestone planter.
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Midcentury Set of Garden Decoration Audoux Minet, 1950s
Located in Paris, IDF
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Antique Double Basin Marble Sink
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique double basin white marble sink Origin: Greece, Measurements: 43.5" W x 19.75" D x 7.75" H.
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Set of Three 18th Century English Staddle Stones
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English Cast Iron Horse Head Garden Statue
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
A large rust patina cast iron horse head figure on a square base.
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Round Onyx Sink Basin in Cream Color
Located in Atlanta, GA
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Four Seasons Garden Sculptures in Vicenza Stone, Late 20th Century
Located in Budapest, HU
Beautiful Four Seasons garden sculptures in original Vicenza stone carved by one of the most appreciated artists of the genre.
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Late 20th Century Italian Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Pr. Vintage Cast Stone Garden Lions
Located in New York, NY
Pair of cast stone lions, both in very fine original condition, with charming organic patina. Offered and priced as a pair.
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Mid-20th Century American Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Classical Marble Carved Stone Sink Basin
Located in Cranbrook, Kent
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Classical Roman Garden Ornaments

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Carrara Marble

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Carrara Marble

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Located in Debenham, Suffolk
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Classical Roman garden ornaments for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Classical Roman garden ornaments for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage garden ornaments created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include building and garden elements and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with stone, cast stone and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Classical Roman garden ornaments made in a specific country, there are Europe, Italy, and France pieces for sale on 1stDibs. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for garden ornaments differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $333 and tops out at $28,500 while the average work can sell for $3,895.

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