Viscount Linley makes fine furniture, Prince Charles sells organic edibles, and now, Sally Tadayon Albemarle — the fine arts sculptor otherwise known as the Countess of Albemarle — has turned her artistic vision to decorative objects. “Ornamental Bronzes,” an exhibition of her table lamps, floor lamps, candlesticks, side tables and ash trays — 17 pieces, each made in a limited edition of 50 — opens Thursday at Homer on Madison Avenue.
“My inspirations are based on nature,” she says of her ornate, intricate designs. She worked in two patinas — one, a chocolatey brown and the other, a creamy gold. Her cast objects play off of two themes, “orchid” or “fantasia,” and boast an array of imaginary plants, bulbs with their attendant butterflies and snails. Rarely are two pieces alike.
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“I’d like to do more and would love to work with decorators,” says Albemarle, who was approached by Homer’s Richard Mishaan to create objects for the home.
Does the countess have plans to expand production with a line of her own?
“I don’t see it in such commercial terms. I’m really an artist,” she says. “With a line, you have to think about mass production. But I’ll take it one step at a time.”