By  on June 4, 2007

Bergdorf Goodman has a different take on taxidermy that should please animal lovers. It's a lively collection of papier-mâché sculptures of animal heads by Anne Freisz and Laurent Poumarat, an imaginative and free-spirited artist couple from Paris.

"This is our universe," said Poumarat at Bergdorf's cocktail party Wednesday night, celebrating the collection of some 40 pieces called "Farfelus Fardadets." "Everything we do is papier-mâché."

Bergdorf's display, on the walls of the seventh floor for home, includes dogs, bears, antelopes and other hairy, horned creatures with curious and sorrowful expressions, priced from around $1,800 to $2,300. There also are less expensive and more delicate birds with colorful feathers. No two pieces are the same. "I think it started a long time ago with a donkey. We very much appreciate nature," added Freisz. There is also a grouping of papier-mâché musical instruments.

Their creations have appeared in the Paris storefronts of Christian Lacroix, Bonpoint, Bon Marché, Rochas, Yves Saint Laurent and Chopard; the Four Seasons Hotel in Paris; in the movie "Marie Antoinette," and in the embassy in Kenya for the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Bergdorf's collection marks the debut of the couple's work in America.

"We've done a strong business with taxidermy, but at Bergdorf's we do have our whimsical or experimental side," said Nicholas Manville, the store's vice president and divisional merchandise manager of decorative home. "This is a friendly, conversational collection," Manville said.

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