Don’t worry, it’s not one of the latest episodes of Game of Thrones or the latest Zombie movie/series, it’s just sheep. Sheep, made in the style of Claude Lalanne, that have invaded Chicago’s premier French Antique Showroom, Antiques on Old Plank Road. There’s a little summary of how these Lalanne Sheep (in the style of) came to be, in Chicago at least!
The story behind the Lalanne Sheep (in the Style of) –
About 25 years ago Robin and I (Richard) were strolling through the Paris Flea Market and sitting right there on the sidewalk of rue des Rosiers was a Claude Lalanne sheep, for the equivalent of a then staggering $5000 and of course I immediately told my wife to just forget it, for who in their right mind would pay that much for a furry sheep. After all, who was I to predict that what Claude, and her husband Francois-Xavier Lalanne, sheep would sell for years later.
Ever since that moment we have been searching for a more affordable Lalanne Sheep equivalent or pardon the term, “knock-off”, but there was always something just a little off, or out of proportion. In my opinion, this particular Lalanne sheep was the answer to my prayers. A great sheep reproduced face and will you look at those unique sheep legs? How could you not love this Claude Lalanne Sheep (in the style of)?
So that’s how the sheep came to Chicago. We currently have three different models to choose from, all hand crafted from a master sculptor who graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago. The process includes precision quality and all done by hand, no assembly line process or SE Asia parts used here. This is the upmost in quality, as Claude Lalanne would have admired, although Claude passed away in 2008, we can only hope we met the tough standards set at this point.
Here are the three models (click on one of the pictures for more information):