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Many gardens have magical qualities and, using Toscano resin figurines, David Hall has transformed his garden into a place that will truly enchant children and adults alike.
Design Toscano offer a remarkable series of attractive resin representations of angels, animals, gothic and classical figures.
Some of their most popular pieces feature the fairies that delightfully populate our folklore.
Two of the most charming are the Fairy Dust Twins. Beautifully hand coloured, one of the golden haired fairies sits on a flower while the other leans on a mushroom in a coy pose.
Exquisitely crafted, they are fine examples of the standard to which Toscano craft their pieces, they are all wonderful high quality resin creations.
Other resin fairies are authentically finished to resemble intricately carved stone. The Secret Garden Fairies designed by the artist Evelyn Myers Hartley, one pondering and the other gazing into the distance, are superb examples of a realistic stone effect.
For the Fairy of the West Wind, the Celtic Fairy, and the Sunflower Fairy who is crowned with a wreath of flowers and wears a petal skirt, subtley different tones are used to charmingly emphasis the intricate detail.
Toscano's collection can be augmented by fairies in bronzed resin such as the charming Woodland Fairy. The Large Standing Fairy Statue is an impressive 93cm in height and the Large Sitting Fairy both have wonderfully outstretched butterfly wings and a meticulously detailed body.
Also displaying a delightful wing span is the Fairy on a Swing which is handcrafted from aluminium with a bronze finish.
Whatever you choose, beauty and durability will be guaranteed due to the outstanding nature of the craftsmanship and the excellent materials used in their production. As many people remark, these figurines are 'beautifully made' and will 'enhance any garden'.
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