Taxidermy sheep cabinet joins Salvador Dalí furniture collection

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.