Odds and Ends

What are Odds and Ends?

Miscellaneous items, fragments and remnants, as in I’ve finished putting everything away, except for a few odds and ends. This expression may have originated as odd ends in the mid-1500s, meaning “short leftovers of some material” (such as lumber or cloth). It had acquired its present form and meaning by the mid-1700s. At Sonoma Garden Living the term ‘odds and ends’ has a unique meaning, Hidden Treasure!

Over the years, unusual buys have come our way such as antique Egyptian doors or a marble bath tub! (The bath tub is actually one of two that were bought for a home in Tiburon .) All treasures have a story to tell and give our grounds a certain personality. So, on your next visit to the Carneros wine region of the Sonoma Valley stop by and say hello! Nature is painting a beatiful pallet in the valley. Enjoy, it’s wine tasting and a treasure hunt in Sonoma!

And yes, we have one of the largest selections of clay garden pots, an extensive array of wrought iron products, garden statues and ornaments in the San Francisco Bay Area,

Happy Hunting,

The Sonoma Garden Living Family

The Rams Head Fountain in Travertine Marble

Posted by on Jun 4th, 2017 in Blog, Odds and Ends | 0 comments

The Rams Head Fountain in Travertine Marble

One of my favorite travertine fountains is The Rams Head.

The animal symbolism of the ram speaks of: Power, Force, Drive, Energy, Virility, Protection, Fearlessness.
A look into mythology will reveal the ram was associated with many gods over time. All admirable traits for a god amongst the people!

The Celtic god Cernunnus is shown with the ram. Some depictions show him seated with a ram-headed snake by his side a symbolic gesture of renewal and power.

In ancient Egypt the god Amun-Ra took on the persona of Khnum, the creator god who was always depicted with a ram’s head.

In Scandinavia, Thor was close with the ram, and was fabled to use rams to pull his chariot.
Other gods connected to the strong-willed ram are:

  • Zeus (Greece)
  • Apollo (Greece)
  • Agni (India)
  • Indra (India)
  • Hermes (Roman)
  • Ea (Middle East)
  • Baal (Middle East)

Posing strong and daunting the travertine stone marble Rams Head fountain (shown above)  currently adorns a beautiful Tuscan garden at The Vineyard Inn. He majestically stands 3’H x 2’L x 1’D and is one of two in our inventory. How mighty a pair would make in the right landscape setting! Like what you see? Click here for more.

The Ram Head travertine marble fountain: $4,900. f.o.b. Sonoma

Circa 1880 Iron Fence Manufactured in San Francisco

Posted by on Dec 1st, 2012 in Odds and Ends | 0 comments

Circa 1880 Iron Fence Manufactured in San Francisco

Speaking of ‘Hidden Treasure’, this unique iron fence was hand crafted before the age of welding in San Francisco, Ca. circa 1880. It was installed at a grand home located in Russian Hill at 950 Lombard St. just one half block below the section of Lombard St known as “The Worlds Crookedest Street”. The fence survived the 1906 fire and earthquake intact. Not much else survived. In 1907 a cottage and new home was designed and built by the renowned architect, Willis Polk. Seventy-two years later the property was sold to Doug and Susie Tompkins, founders of the ESPRIT clothing dynasty. During renovation of the house and grounds, the enduring antique fence was removed and a decision was made by the new owners not to reinstall it. The fence was acquired by James Sims of Kenwood, Ca, one of the contractors, and stored on his property until recently.
Currently, this historic fence, a blend of art, craftsmanship, and function is being offered for sale by Sonoma Garden Living.

Fence measures: 48″H x 1.5″W x 600″L
Section photographed is 33″H x 1.5″W x 50.5″L
There is approximately 15 ft of fence with a raked angle of 11.25 degrees

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Landscape Idea; 1890’S Finials As Statues

Posted by on Nov 2nd, 2012 in Odds and Ends | 0 comments

Landscape Idea; 1890’S Finials As Statues

Speaking of Odds and Ends! Consider the usage of  circa 1890’s finials as part of your overall landscape idea! We have a pair of antique finials that for many years adorned a bank in Seattle Washington. They measure 7’h x 4′ sq at the base and were casted in concrete.Both would compliment a driveway entry with wrought iron or near any garden water feature as a center piece to a garden surround.Please Click here to see similar finials used in a landscape design that was done for a private resident here in Sonoma. Finials are $6,500. each, f.o.b. Sonoma. Please contact us for quotes on shipping and crating.

Unrivaled Sculptured Celery Green Marble Bench

Posted by on Jul 6th, 2012 in Odds and Ends | 0 comments

Unrivaled Sculptured Celery Green Marble Bench

It’s inviting, it’s sculpture, simple and elegant. Most importantly this beautiful carving is also a  bench that is hand carved in a celery green marble. Though I am featuring this  hand carved piece of tranquility in the category of Odds and Ends it really belongs in a separate category, perhaps ‘Unique’.After you first behold and admire this unrivaled sculpture, your second instinct will be to sit, form yourself, and blend with its contour. Your garden guests will too. Imagine this bench surrounded by a bed of flowers over looking the gentle slope of a valley and you enveloped by it witnessing a glorious sunset. Come, behold and sit on a stunning sculpture piece This Hidden Treasure is available only at Sonoma Garden Living.

$7,900 f.o.b. Sonoma

51″h x 51″l x 21″w

Wrought Iron Garden Gate Now On Sale

Posted by on May 19th, 2012 in Odds and Ends | 0 comments

Wrought Iron Garden Gate Now On Sale

This wrought iron garden gate with an apple as a focal point has historic significance in religion and lore. For example, Greek folklore;

The Greek hero Heracles, as a part of his Twelve Labours, was required to travel to the Garden of the Hesperides and pick the golden apples off the Tree of Life growing at its center.

The Greek goddess of discord, Eris, became disgruntled after she was excluded from the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. In retaliation, she tossed a golden apple inscribed Kallisti (‘For the most beautiful one’), into the wedding party. Three goddesses claimed the apple: Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. Paris of Troy was appointed to select the recipient. After being bribed by both Hera and Athena, Aphrodite tempted him with the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta. He awarded the apple to Aphrodite, thus indirectly causing the Trojan War.

We’re not suggesting going to war over this fabulous wrought iron garden gate. What we are saying is that we have exceptional custom wrought iron garden gates that will compliment your garden decor!

Apple wrought iron garden gate; 72″h x 39.5″w. Ball and socket hinge.  $1,499. f.o.b Sonoma

We will also custom design wrought iron gates to your specific needs.For more suggestions click here

Bronze Statues of a Dauntless Wolf and a Determined Defiant Indian Warrior

Posted by on Apr 21st, 2012 in Odds and Ends | 0 comments

Bronze Statues of a Dauntless Wolf and a Determined Defiant Indian Warrior

Two iconic figures in American lore, a Dauntless Wolf and a Defiant Determined Indian Warrior. In this case, both represented as bronze castings. The Dauntless Wolf sits atop a rock looking outward from behind an wrought iron gate that separates the highway from our Sculpt Garden. Created by Jordi Estaragues, Dauntless Wolf stands 29″ and is 30″ long. No one dares enter uninvited seeing the gaze from him! Standing beside the Dauntless Wolf is a Defiant and Determined Indian Warrior.

Originally for a Tiburon home that had a view of the city of San Francisco and the bay, this Defiant Determined Indian Warrior is now a central element in our Sculpt Garden. By himself, he stands eleven feet but upon the rock he towers  fourteen feet overall. Looking at him you can see defiance and his determination by his posture and facial expression. To me he has a determined  will to succeed and  has summoned nature to make it so.

The two bronze cast works are very unique that’s why  Landscape architects come to us from all over the San Francisco Bay Area for quality pottery, custom wrought iron gates, stone and marble fountains, and unique statuary.

Dauntless Wolf: $14,000.

Defiant and Determined Indian Warrior:$169,000.

Two Unique Pieces That Are Odds And Ends

Posted by on Mar 27th, 2012 in Odds and Ends | 0 comments

Two Unique Pieces That Are Odds And Ends

Hands wrapped around a revolving marble ball that rotates when activated with water. This unique fountian rests on a base that is 24″ square and has a height of 30″ and sells for $4,500. Of course we have a large selection of marble fountains in various designs that could be more suitable to your landscape ideas. Please click here for a tour of our gallery of stone and marble fountains. Landscape contractors from all over the San Francisco Bay Area visit us for their landscaping needs. You should too!

Then there is the lovely unfinished statue of ‘Virginia” (the stone mason died) which is carved in white marble and stands 64″ tall. Beautiful and alluring even though unfinished, Virginia sells for $9,000. And like before, if Virginia is too ‘Odd’ for you please click here to view more stone, marble statues, and sculpt stone that are actually finished!


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