22 June 2010

careful, he might hear you... (tales of the junque whisperer)

careful, he might hear you...

not the bogeyman, or some other awful phantom, but rather we're speaking of maison21's inner junque whisperer™ (as in be careful what you wish for, because he's always listening and he makes you buy stuff you really don't need...)

long time readers of m21:dbns will know that maison21 has had a hankering for a claude lalanne sheep for like, ever... (you know, just like every other decorator on the planet). unfortunately though, the 5 figure price tag has stood in our way. heck, even a sheep "in the style of" lalanne is too prohibitively expensive for our recession budget (there is one on 1stdibs right now for mere $8,500). we even considered big ol' stuffed toy at one point, but backed out because it just wasn't quite the right look for the five hundred dollar price tag. so we kinda gave up.


but our inner junque whisperer™ didn't give up- he's always listening, 'member? and the fact is, he comes through more often than not (though his time table is unpredictable, at best). so lookee what we found this weekend:


yup, he found us a big ol' sheep "in the style of" lalanne (if you squint). and therein lies the problem... we have it, now what the heck do we do with it? it's massssive, for one thing- we were hoping for something that could double as ottoman or small bench, but this monster is 4 feet long and 3 feet tall! we just don't have the space in the atelier for him. normally, we'd just do what we do with any other find we can't resist, and offer him for sale in the marketplace, but this guy has a lame front leg that we believe just might be beyond dr. maison21 DFAVM's ability to fix (Doctor of Fake Animal Veterinary Medicine, if you're wondering); so finding a buyer who also has a degree in DFAVM but in an orthopedic specialty, might be difficult dontchathink? ;-) so our little lost lamb sits in our already crowded living room, while we contemplate his fate...

our inner junque whisperer™ was workin' overtime this weekend too- remember that fantabulous giant diamond table that tickled our fancy when we visited emmerson troop a few posts back?


well, IJW™ decided we needed a bejeweled table of our very own, and produced not just one, but three of these crazy mirrored acrylic numbers! not the same as the emmerson-troop table obviously, but still, how often do you see any table in the shape of a giant jewel? so we'll give IJW™ credit on this one... (and these are in the marketplace- no room at the inn!)


now if only our inner junque whisperer™ was perhaps an "inner lottery ticket whisperer" as well- maybe next time we could afford a real lalanne sheep- with 4 good legs, too!

11 comments:

ashlina {the decorista} said...

just gorgeous. all of it! :)

Concrete Jungle said...

I love him!
Will he not fit in your front hall or at the end of a bed?
I have wanted one since the 70's! I have a big collection of sheep all boxed up as the bugs of the tropics would destroy them...but they are ready to pop out as soon as I have another spot in cooler climes...do find a spot or let me know how much you want for him! Cheers Heather

Pigtown-Design said...

hahaha!

erin@designcrisis said...

I want to shop with the IJW! Love baa baa and the tables are amazing.

Maybe the sheep needs a throwover saddle with pockets so you can use him as a magazine rack.

jones said...

Hi Christian, I've got a really great restorer who could probably restore that leg to almost new condition. Let me know if you want a referral. I think that Mr. Black Sheep was a hit with your new love. Mary

Margaret said...

Oh, don't traumatize the Ted or make him dress as Little Bo Peep and perch on the diamonds...I forgive you...new baby in the house, little sleep...

David said...

Squeeze him in somewhere, Ted looks like he likes him.

The saddle idea is great. You could make something like a camel saddle, little tray on top, leather flaps with pockets...

Julio said...

You know, if I saw this in a store I would have thought it was an odd item to sale. However, your presentation of this sheep just made me want one for myself now. And I love the tables. Another great find. I'm sure you'll come up with a fabulous place for the little 3 1/2 legged lamb.

Lucinda said...

Well, at least you didn't come home with this: http://chateaudelu.blogspot.com/2009/09/hot-mess-monday_28.html

La Petite Gallery said...

So that's what it is called. Junque Whisperer? I've heard him many times and wondered why did
I do that.., The lamb is cute.
have fun you only live once.
yvonne

danish said...

just seen this sheep on ebay. Not sure if it is up to snuff but beats 1st dibs prices - http://cgi.ebay.com/MID-CENTURY-MODERN-SHEEP-FOOTSTOOL-1970s-EAMES-ERA-/160608369915?pt=Antiques_Decorative_Arts&hash=item2565013cfb