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Handcrafted Four Seasons Garden Statues

Four Seasons statues have been popular for centuries—especially during antiquity and the Renaissance. They can either be fat little cherubs, called “putti,” or lovely women, both holding allegorical representations of the seasons, such as grapes, flowers in baskets, cornucopia, or wheat.

When searching for a garden statuary, a set of Four Seasons statues is not hard to find. However, it is exceedingly difficult to produce statues of the impeccable quality and fine detailing of those handmade by Archiped. However, because Archiped”s molds are taken directly from 19th century limestone sculpted Italian/French antique originals, it is nearly impossible to tell the originals from the copies.

Four Seasons Statues

Archiped””s rendition of the Four Seasons statues

This picture has Summer sitting on the small Estate Display Column on the left, carrying a basket of vegetables. Autumn stands on the large Estate Display Column in the middle cradling a cornucopia, with Spring holding a basket of grapes on the mid-size column on the right. Winter stands alone on the ground in the front.

When the cast stone reproductions are removed from the molds, they contain naturally-occurring bubbles and seams. Consequently, each Archiped is meticulously fine-tuned and filled by hand to 100% perfection. This attention to detail sets Archiped”s statues at a higher level above its competitors. In addition, each cast stone product is completely frost-proof, guaranteed against cracking and accompanied by a 6-year pro-rated warranty.

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Pristine Cast Stone Perfection

Who Makes Archiped Classics’ Cast Stone Garden Ornaments?

Richard Stanzel

Richard Stanzel

Richard Stanzel,  our Co-Founder and President of Archiped Classics, along with his assistant artisan, personally casts each piece that is produced in our studio.  Finally, after casting, our highly skilled artisan spends an average of four hours in the cast stone hand-finishing process. He meticulously patches air bubbles, sands seams, and puts the finishing touches on each and every piece.

Why Does the Owner Cast Each Bench, Urns, Planters and Statuary? 

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Shelley Stanzel

First and foremost, at Archiped, we insist on quality. Still, after 27 years in business, Richard Stanzel has yet to find anyone whom he believes fully understands the nuance involved with mixing additives, gaging the water temperature during changing seasons, etc. Because of this, he and his wife, Shelley do not want to risk the chance that anyone could possibly make a mistake that would affect the impeccable standards that have come to be expected of Archiped products.  Therefore, Richard makes certain that everything that leaves our studio door is perfect.

 

Why Should I Care Who Makes Archipeds?

Edwin Vasquez, Hand-Finishing Artisan

Edwin Vasquez, Hand-Finishing Artisan

Companies who make high-end cast stone garden ornaments, planters and accessories possess an array of differences.  The key that sets Archiped apart is that everything we make is personally handcrafted by our owner.  To our knowledge, we are the only luxury cast stone company who personally hand makes each piece. Consequently, by providing our customers the opportunity to work directly with our owner, we are able to guarantee them that our products are of consistent quality with meticulous attention to detail.

In addition, it is crucial to us that our customers succeed in placing orders without the worry that the products will not be as advertised or seen in pictures.

Finally, we strive to ensure that Archiped lives to up to its reputation.  As a result, with Richard Stanzel’s hands-on approach, we guarantee pristine quality every time.