The sheep sculptures of famed French surrealists François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne are favored by design luminaries like Marc Jacobs and Reed Krakoff and fetch tens of thousands of dollars at auction (read a short history of the work of Les Lalannes in the NY Times). Here are a couple of sourcing ideas.
Northern Europeans have been making life-size sheep toys for children for decades, which work well in both adult and children spaces and serve as stand-ins for the elusive Lalanne sheep sculptures.
Above: Photo via the Living Agency.
Above: The handcrafted sheep stools by Hans-Peter Krafft for German toy company Meier are made of wood covered with sheepskin and feature leather ears and glass eyes; the Madonna Sheep are available in several sizes at Theo; prices start at €245. The Krafft Sheep can also be found at 14feet in Healdsburg, California.
Above: German toy company Hansa makes nearly life-size sheep; the Hansa Ride-On Sheep is 36 inches tall and is made from hand-sewn leather and sheepskin, with a lightweight steel frame; $395 at Pucci Manuli.
Above: Whimsical Rocking Sheep by Danish designer Povl Kjer is made of varnished pine with lambskin and can be sourced from BabyGeared for $375. The sheep are available with white, dark brown, bright pink, or bright green lambskin.
Above: Made by hand on the Isle of Wight, Sheep Stools by Sam Brown feature New Zealand sheep seats with wood bases; prices start at £275 at Leigh Harmer in the UK.
N.B. This post is an update; the original ran on January 8, 2011.