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    Life in lockdown afforded many readers an opportunity to deeply reconsider their homes and especially their gardens.  A real opportunity to add antique ornament to a shady nook or a sunny spot arises at Sheppards sale of architectural ornaments and garden sculpture in Durrow on June 23.  Here you will find Neo-Classical urns, Gothic arches, gazebos, outdoor mirrors, sculpture, seating, ornaments and even an enormous bronze fountain with seven basins.  There are fountains, urns, planters, egg carriers, stone finials, staddle stones originally used as supporting bases to keep vermin in granaries at bay, now re-incarnated as garden conversation pieces, and a 19th century cast iron plough. The sale features Coalbrookedale cast iron garden seats in various patterns including fern leaf, a hardwood Lutyens garden bench and a pair of 19th century Dublin cast iron park bench ends. A selection of cast iron and stone figures, models of animals from bears and armorial lions to whippets and birds, moulded jardinieres and a Portland stone arch and an antique bellows all amount to a huge variety of choice.

    An 18th century Irish staddle stoneĀ  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,250 AT HAMMER

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