Monday, November 17, 2008

The Animals at the Faire

Aubergine 18" high porcelain Dragon with forehead horn.

On my last visit to the Sacramento Antique Faire, I came across a number of interesting creatures. I had originally gone to find a table, and to hunt for additions for my various collections. Also, I do like to take pictures of the more unique finds I stumble upon for you all to see. This trip, I noticed a distinct trend to the photos as I was sorting through them for a post. Animals of various kinds stood out from the rest of the photos, and I began to think about finding homes for all of these strays.

I saw this porcelain dragon, which was quite large and fantastically colored. And I imagined that he would enjoy a home like this:

House and Garden, June 2004, Photo by Francois Dishinger

Art dealer Gian Enzo Sperone might find a spot for him among the ceramic figures by Paolo Maione in his New York loft, above.

I spied this two foot high plaster pug just hanging around. I think he would be right at home in Liz Lambert's bunkhouse outside of Marfa, Texas. The slate colored walls and salvaged billboard would provide the perfect setting for this comical pup:

House and Garden, September 2006, Photo by Francois Halard

The brown ceramic elephant standing about a foot high (top), and the vintage metal elephant penny bank both have a rustic natural quality that appealed to me.

Elle Decor, Jan/Feb 2006, Photo by William Waldron

I don't think that designer T. Keller Donovan would mind too terribly if these pachyderms made themselves at home on his antique Irish pub table. I love the mix of natural textures and colors here, and the mix of objects.

This sheepdog was one of my favorites. I like to think of him as a "faux-Jeff-Koons-puppy" (I posted about this puppy here). Maybe if I painted the nose and tongue white? No? Well anyway, this pup might still look cool in a house like this:

Elle Decor, August/September 2003, Photo by Fernando Bengoechea

This very chic house is owned by taste makers Franco Mariotti and Alessandra Tabacchi Mariotti, owners of the very stylish modern and antique furnishing shop, FLAIR ( Florence, Milan, Capri and New York locations).

So tell you all do this too? I mean, do you see something that catches your eye and immediately imagine the sort of place it should call home? It seems to be a little game I play, and perhaps it just comes with the territory of the creative world.


erika @ urban grace said...

you are not alone! i do this too! love this post!

A home far away said...

I hope you are all good, I am freezing my b--t off, I am in sweden for a week!!
I am exactly the same, often I do now where to put new items, but often I rearrange it afterwards...

Have a great week!
Hugs Gunilla in Sweden...brrr

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I love those elephants! I got one as a wedding gift as a good luck token and I've in love with them ever since. I'm constantly finding new ones and placing them in random stops throughout my house.

I also visualize where certain items could go in a house where they would live. But normally I'm trying to figure out how I can get away with having them in my house!


Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I LOVE your creative game! And boy o boy are you spot on each time!

Great post! I just posted about an animal in my LR too!

Mélanie said...

I love animals into decoration

franki durbin said...

Oh you just took me back to my high school years. My father came back from his travels in Asia with a pair of Foo Dogs. We had them on the mantle for the longest time. And recently I wondered what became of them, because now they'd make such "johnathan adler" worthy pieces to have around the house. Ha!

Lovely post. Funny how these objects go in and out of vogue, but are always to significant in a design.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Katie - wait, you mean you don't think everyone does this? Oh. I guess that is why I love my design-blog-friends so much. I think my real life friends might get a bit weary of my calling to say, "I was just at X and they have the most perfect XXX - you must get it!"

beachbungalow8 said...

yes, that's exactly how I shop! I picture it in my home or someone else's and then I'm text messaging someone telling them they HAVE to get over 'here' now and buy this.

My house is so tiny, that I force other people to buy my finds!

Love that first shot

A Day That Is Dessert said...

I'm the same way, even though my professional background is medicine. I think that's why I'm so hooked on your - and so many other's - great design blog!

Alex said...

Looks like you had fun at the faire...loved the elephant penny bank. That creative game is always there projecting things into my store or into a house I'd like to be working on, or just mentally filed away as a future possibility.

Style Court said...

Katie! Such fabulous animals you found. The dragon, the dogs, and of course the elephant!!!