After spending so much time yesterday looking at Peter Beard's collages, I'm noticing decorative objects with lion motifs everywhere. Michelle put together a great post with all sorts of lion-related goodies. (Click here for more.)
And these terracotta lamps have been calling my name for a while.
Not inexpensive, they are rare 1970s handmade Italian lions. I've not seen anything quite like them before. Available through Hollywood at Home.
Around 1971, at her 18th-century country home outside of London, Lee Radziwell had on her mantle a pair of lion candle holders. The images shown above and below are cropped from a Horst photograph (Horst Interiors).
Her dining room walls were covered with lacquered Sicilian scarves. Superimposed over those were flower-wreathed painted panels by Lila de Nobili. More lions also appeared on the dining table, not pictured here.
Actually, quite a few of the homes included in Horst Interiors seem to have a lion somewhere in various rooms. I won't copy the whole book, but here is what appears to be a lion figure in Truman Capote's small Long Island house, circa 1963.
This precious vintage Steiff lion belongs to talented West Coast designer and blogger Katie D. It has been loved and handed down through several generations.
A wonderful small-scale but stately lion is currently in residence at the Kansas City shop, George.
The image at top is a detail of the terracotta lamp.