Taxidermy sheep cabinet joins
Salvador Dalí furniture collection

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A stuffed lamb with a table on its back and a drawer in its side is the latest addition to a collection of furniture based on the paintings of Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.

Taxidermy sheep cabinet joins Salvador Dalí furniture collection

The Xai side tables have been created from taxidermy lambs by attaching a circular wooden surface onto their backs and inserting a drawer that opens from one side of their abdomens. Hooves have been replaced with decorative rococo bronze feet.

Taxidermy sheep cabinet joins Salvador Dalí furniture collection

Their designer Oscar Tusquets Blanca referenced an image of a lamb with a telephone balanced on its spine and sliding storage in its stomach from Dalí's 1942 painting Interpretation Project for a Stable-Library.

Taxidermy sheep cabinet joins Salvador Dalí furniture collection

"We broke up the Interpretation Project for a Stable-Library painting where there appears a characteristic Dalí drawer, made up of a little lamb-table," said Tusquets Blanca.

Taxidermy sheep cabinet joins Salvador Dalí furniture collection

Twenty-one lambs were chosen from a Parisian slaughterhouse and sent to taxidermist Maison Deyrolle, where Dalí was a frequent customer during his lifetime.

Taxidermy sheep cabinet joins Salvador Dalí furniture collection

The limited-edition set includes 20 white lambs priced at €36,500 (£30,350) each and a unique black piece costs €72,000 (£59,900).

Taxidermy sheep cabinet joins Salvador Dalí furniture collection

The tables were commissioned by Spanish company BD Barcelona Design.

Taxidermy sheep cabinet joins Salvador Dalí furniture collection

Tusquets Blanca, a close friend of the artist, started the Dalí Furniture Collection in 1972. Other items in the range include the Mae West Lips sofa designed by the artist himself in 1937.

  • Furn Fix Equip

    There is so much wrong about this.

    I doubt the intent of the surrealist was for a literal manifestation of the image, especially with ‘handpicked’ lambs for such a sick exercise in ‘luxury’ for its own sake.

  • antonio

    This is an example of why a good idea is so important. As clearly there is simply NONE in this one.

  • Rae Claire

    OK, I guess the lambs were to be killed anyway, but wow! All I can say is “WRONG!” We can debate what humane slaughter is, or even if there is such a thing, but for sure this isn’t it.

    • clare

      You can’t really debate what a humane slaughter is because there is no such thing. Same as there is no such thing as humane rape or humane assault. Humane killing is a marketing tool by the meat industry to make us feel better about killing an animal.

  • James

    I think the whole idea of this piece is to invoke these kinds of discussions. I doubt they simply thought ‘I know what will make a good piece of furniture – a lamb’ and it would be accepted.

    • Furn Fix Equip

      Really, you’re going to make that argument – i.e. that there is some intentionally thought provoking design move here? At the price of £30,350?

      I think you’ve been hoodwinked by opulence!

  • amsam

    I think these are adorable. The feet especially. Anyone who has some kind of ethical problem with these is either a vegan or in deep, deep denial. “I don’t mind that we kill animals for our use, but why oh why can’t we tastefully hide it to protect my delicate sensibilities?”

    • Arjay Cee

      Actually, I do mind that animals are killed, thank you very much.

      However, if you would like to volunteer as table material, I’ll make an exception.

      • amsam

        Yes, there’s a very respectable vegan argument against these objects, and I presume that’s yours. But anyone who hates these and likes a burger needs to think more deeply.