|Suzanne Kasler. This is actually a pair, the mate is on the the other side of the table.|
I had someone ask me once if I could find them a "thing" that is used for plants and statues! Often they are confused with plant stands. Pedestals are more substantial in every way as their main function is to support heavy statues, vases and busts. When I think of pedestals, I tend to think of them as being mostly from the Roman era or Victorian period. Of course, neither of these are entirely correct, but I mention it because I think others may share that perception or may consider them to be too formal or old fashioned.
|Pedestal with a bust. Classic combination.|
I also love old garden urns and spent years on a quest to find a matching pair and then of course matching pedestals. Pairs of either have eluded me. It's not that I can't find pairs, I just can't find pairs that I like and can afford! Twice I have found pairs. Once at an auction and once at an antiques show. They were so exquisite, I wanted to cry.
|The lion heads make the pedestals interesting and fun!|
During the late 90's I purchased two pedestals from two different shop owners. One is painted cream and you saw it here topped with a black antique garden urn in my dining room. The other is a gorgeous antique pedestal. The only information the shop owner provided was that it came from an estate, is made from mahogany and is believed to be English.
|My pedestal topped with a giant finial.|
|Detail of the base.|
|In the corner of a hallway.|
|A pair flanking the french doors of an Americana styled breakfast room.|
Pedestals really do work with any style or decor, which makes them just about the perfect accessory! Don't care for classic or antique versions? How about some with a modern twist?
|Mariette Himes Gomez|
Acquired Objects just went through similar agony to mine of trying to find a pair of pedestals and instead cleverly chose to created her own, with the help of her handy husband. She needed a pair on which to place two recently acquired antique urns. The pedestals were based on a magazine cover. You can read about the details here, they're fantastic!
|Mary McDonald. I am almost positive these are from the Wisteria catalogue from a few years ago!|
Except where noted images courtesy of Elle Decor, Tradtional Home, House Beautiful,Vernada