For many, an important aspect of creating a unique, showcase garden is through the use of garden antiques. Locating them, however, can be challenging. Honing in on a design, itself, takes time. Planning, and carefully locating the right authentic pieces to complement the overall feel of your garden, takes additional time and resources. Overall, the value in the piece becomes multidimensional when you consider garden antiques should also include aesthetic appeal, origin, uniqueness, high quality and pride of ownership.
Location and Acquisition
Authentic antique pieces are not easy to locate unless you are working with a reputable supplier who has the required resources to locate and acquire them for resale. While some manufacturers have made a good business in producing replicated versions of vintage garden pottery, there is no feeling like being in possession of a genuine article which has a deep-rooted story behind it. European antique planters, for example, which have passed through the hands of conscientious owners, bring with them a certain charm and understated value.
Selection of the Right Garden Antiques
The size, shape and other characteristics of a garden antique will make a difference in how well it works in your particular design scheme. Part of the value is found in the age of the piece, while another important aspect is how well the piece complements other elements of the garden.
Just because an item is vintage does not mean that it will automatically fit in with the theme of your garden décor. The right pieces should add something extra to the aesthetic value of the scheme. This means paying attention to the colors, the designs and the origins of the pottery. An older appearance, for example, can create both a classic yet rustic dimension to your garden.
Origins of the Pottery
Reputable garden antique dealers are not only able to acquire pieces, they also have expertise in identifying origins. For example, they will know whether an antique pottery piece is of Italian, French, or Greek origin and also know branding in many cases. A passionate dealer will also be able to attach the back story to the piece, such as its role in different cultures.
To us, garden antiques are comparable to other works of fine art and their value lies within their origins and uniqueness. For more information regarding garden antiques and other high-end garden amenities, explore Eye of the Day Garden Design Center.