Two cows, two sheep & a crocodile that look so real
The cows were peeking from behind life-sized stone Roman figures. One sheep stood between two metal tractor-seat bar stools, while another seemed to be grazing on concrete. Nearby was a crocodile that looked much too real.
The four farm animals looked a tad out of place among the gray stone figures stationed outside the front doors of the auction house. They all looked life-like, while the other stone and metal figures were the normal animal and other images I see quite often on sunny auction days.
The farm animals and crocodile obviously were not live, but statues created out of plaster or resin. They were well-painted in bright true-to-life colors that made them stand out: A brown and white Guernsey cow, a black and white Holstein cow, and yellow sheep with white faces and horns. The paint job was remarkable.
As I stood there observing the animals, I wondered where they had come from and how I’d use them if I bought them. Could I place them in my backyard? They didn’t look like the type of statues that could last outside through a hard winter. Could someone use them inside a country store? I’m not sure if those stores even exist anymore – at least not in abundance.
Curious about plaster farm animals, I went Googling and found others like them for sale. A British seller on eBay was offering a cow for 933 pounds ($1,567) and called it a garden ornamental statue. I found a cow on eBay that looked just like the auction Guernsey. The seller wanted $883, but no one bought it.
Another site was selling a Holstein and calf that, it said, “would fulfill one’s farm fantasies.” You could buy the pair for $715.
I found a statue of an “Indian Warrior Chief” straddling a bucking “Indian horse.” I cannot imagine having such a disrespectful image in my backyard. The asking price was $700 (horse not included).
The animals don’t have to be confined to your backyard. This British shop offered several types of animals – including cows, a reindeer and pigs – for farm shops, butchers and themed events. These animals can help you make money, not act as showoffs in your yard.
What do you think of these statues? Would you want one for your backyard?