It’s a Furniture Petting Zoo!

I’ve always been enamored of the use of themes in design. I was recently doing some research on 1st Dibs and kept coming across these fantastical furnishings that use animal motifs as integrated parts of the design (not just painted or engraved on a piece). Some are whimsical, some are more traditional, but all are a whole lot of fun, I think.

Traccia Table, 1939-1978 by Meret Oppenheim small table with bird feet
Traccia Table, 1939-1978 by Meret Oppenheim via
Anglo Indian Rosewood Table with elephant head and tusk legs
Anglo Indian Rosewood Table via
19th Century English Pair of Carved Wood Greyhound Side Tables on Bases
19th Century English Pair of Carved Wood Greyhound Side Tables on Bases via
Aldo Tura Swan Legs Goatskin Bar Cart
Aldo Tura Swan Legs Goatskin Bar Cart via

How amazing is the English Regency dog or cat bed complete with decorative coy fish. It’s hard to tell the dimensions, but it’s 30″ wide by 15″ tall. For the truly pampered pet!

Rattan dog bed with decorative brass coy fish
English Regency Style Dog and or Cat Bed by Maitland Smith via

 

Regency Carved Wood Gold Gilt Window Bench, Curule, Horse Motif
Regency Carved Wood Gold Gilt Window Bench, Curule, Horse Motif via

 

My dad made a coffee table very similar to the one below many years ago. He mounted it on a wooden spool with rope wrapped around the base. The tail was the tricky bit and he used wrought iron strapping to secure it so it wouldn’t snap off – though it eventually did.

WWII Molly Pitcher '1943' Ship Hatch Whale Form Anchor Nautical Coffee Table
WWII Molly Pitcher ‘1943’ Ship Hatch Whale Form Anchor Nautical Coffee Table via

 

And finally, I’ve always loved this snail table at my friend’s shop Trianon Antiques:

Small Table with Snails and Marble Top
Small Table with Snails and Marble Top via

gold snail on table leg

Which I used in this vignette I created:

A carved antique french sofa with guilded wood, biedermeier chair
Vignette design by Linda Merrill, photograph by Michael J Lee. Showroom – Trianon Antiques.

So, what’s your view of these types of motifs in decorative arts? Fun or creepy? I’ve had many a client who didn’t want birds or other beasts in their fabrics or wall coverings – someone said he felt he was being stared at.  It’s funny the things we get into our heads – but everyone has their own perspectives that should be respected. So, yea or nay on the animal motifs?

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2 thoughts on “It’s a Furniture Petting Zoo!

  1. Linda –
    I just love the Molly Pitcher by Ron Jon Hatchboards. Our rehearsal dinner for our wedding was held at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank NJ many moons ago.

    I think I am going to need to start saving my pennies!

    Cathie

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