Francois Xavier Lalanne, a painter by training wanted to bring usefulness to sculpture He, along with his wife, Claude, working out of their studio in Uly, France, created a menagerie of animals that served a purpose. A rhino that was also a desk; a bird that was also a bed. But nothing was as successful and as coveted as their sheep. They are lovable in a way their other sculptures were not, in my opinion.
They graced many a chic home beginning with Coco Chanel's. She owned a flock of them.
Francois and Claude in their studio, c.1967
The sheep have become highly collectable, and therefore rare. They are garnering a lot of money at auction and on 1st dibs. My husband saw me looking at one and I asked if we could find a place for one in our home (not that I could afford it, but I live in fantasy). He said, "Absolutely not, it's ugly!" And I said, "Honey, it's not like I want a meat dress!"
~Xavier's credo: ''The supreme art is the art of living.'' ~ Here, here!
photos:The Selvedge Yard, Robert Passel,Elle Decor,Veranda