Giving in the 60s, Week III
In the summer I posted these three bronze 18th-century greyhounds from Joseph Braswell's collection, but I saved the remaining figures for this season. They originally appeared in a story titled, Animal Spirits: New Life for the Accessory, part of House Beautiful's 1968 holiday issue. Animal figures were deemed ubiquitous but nonetheless still "the" accessory to have that year.
"Comparable to the status scarf or the bogus jewel, the lurking animal is a perfect foil for stones, porcelain, or clusters of ferns in whatever magical arrangements the imagination can conjure. And, found in important scale -- like the African bull on the following page -- the animal can easily dominate a room."
The magazine stated that most of the creatures photographed for the story were found in European antique shops by American decorators and placed in their homes for the story.
I'm struck by how similar the HB examples are to the dogs, turtles, birds and lions seen right now in shops. When I was in Providence Antiques the other day, this brass turtle in the color image was still available. Like the 1960s version, the shell lifts off so small objects can be stored. In the 60s of course, cigarettes were stashed here.
Megan Arquette took this picture of the gorgeous turquoise dog at Chapman Radcliff before it closed.
See also Mrs. Blandings' related post today.