On Linens and Life: Re-purposing the Garden Urn

March 03, 2014

Versailles Urn


Long before they became a beautiful repository for flowers, the Greeks and Romans used urns for practical purposes, such as storing wine, food stuffs and, less glamorously, human remains.  By the early 18th century, urns (and statues) were an integral part of formal French gardens. Though not as grand as those found at Versailles, many homeowners have incorporated urns into their own gardens or flanking the front door. But why leave something so beautiful outside?  In a possible return to its roots as a vessel of storage, urns are now being brought indoors and, as the following picture illustrates, can add architectural interest.  What a great idea!


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