Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This Week's Top 5 Favorite 1stdibs Items: Animal Spirit Accessories

Animals are an important part of many folks' lives. They take the form of loved ones in the pets we keep around the house who care for us, make us laugh and make us smile. They are also important for those who love communing with nature and enjoying all the living creatures that share the planet with us. In honor of those folks who love animals a lot (namely this blog writer and especially the owners of Swank) we present to you five lovely animal accessories that you can bring into your home to evoke the joy and elegance of creatures. All from this week's 1stdibs' newest listings.

1) A Thai Carved and Painted Wood Sculpture of a Stag
This piece is so regal and lovely. We love the wooden material, the soft lines and the subtle details.
Price: contact dealer
Dealer: Glen Dooley Antiques

2) A Rare Folk Art Articulated Cat Box
This cat isn't just cute; it's functional! We just love this wooden cat's abstracted shape, and love that it's actually a box---not just a sculpture. What an adorable and useful accessory to have in the home.
Price: $15,000
Dealer: Vandekar

3) Ethan Allen Running Horse Weathervane
This weather vane comes in the shape of a horse, but not just any horse. This beautiful sculptural item is kinetic-looking; it's got such a great energy and movement to the sculpture.
Price: $8,950
Dealer: Kocian DePasqua

4) Life Size Anatomical Model of Pig
Another useful animal-shaped accessory, this one might be considered more educational than useful. Of course, this might not be the greatest gift for an animal lover, considering this promotes eating said pigs.
Price: $3,800
Dealer: radio-guy

5) Crab Wall Light
Crabs don't get a lot of respect, but they're sturdy, hardy, lovely things, and always mean the beach is nearby, so they can't be all this bad. This one is functional, too; it's a light!
Price: $1,150
Dealer: Christophe Edwards

Don't forget to check out the rest of this week's listings from 1stdibs, where you can find more fabulous, one-of-a-kind, show-stopping pieces, as well as a number of other great items! Also: please visit our revamped Facebook page for more information about us and follow us on twitter (@swanklighting) to always be up-to-date on Swank Lighting happenings.

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