Humans have created animal shaped articles and wares for thousands of years and that trend is unlikely to end any time soon. If you skim the Web, you’ll find almost any animal, imaginable recreated in a form, ready to enjoy. Today, I selected three artifacts from my shelves that depict animals in some form or another.
Because the cow is white, she must be a charlais and say “moo” in French. What a way to inspire this week’s theme and title, right? This is a full sized milk pitcher, not a creamer. It was manufactured sometime during the 1970s. I didn’t want to overwhelm the piece, so a simple array of light pink blooms was perfect.
A second beverage container inspires an idea straight out of the Great Plains of North America. The Western Meadowlark is depicted as a decanter for Garnier Liqueur’s Creme de Menthe, from Paris, France. It’s one of a series the company issued to commemorate different states in the USA. This one salutes the Nebraska state bird. I made sure to include our state flower, the goldenrod, to accompany a solitary sunflower.
A very rare “picture frame” vase by Howard Pierce Ceramics of Claremont, California is the pièce de résistance of the collection. The delicate figurine of a horse with a tree is remarkable in and of itself. So as not to overpower the artifact, some simple greenery works best here.