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December 2015 - Houston

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DECORATION Red Stag reportedly taken by Emperor Franz Josef with 18th-century laurel leaves plaque STREET CRED S uzanne Coppola, whose global jaunts have long provided exotic larder for her e-commerce website Laurier Blanc, has opened her first storefront. Situated in M. Naeve's former spot next to Picnic and Raven Grill on Bissonnet, the bricks-and-mortar version of Laurier Blanc showcases an extraordinary collection of 19th- and early-20th-century European hunting trophies with royal and noble provenance. The European Hunt Collection includes pieces from Emperor Franz Josef's castle at Eckartsau in the Austrian Alps and features a selection of roe deer trophies. A rare large fallow deer trophy taken by a European nobleman bears the hunter's initials and includes the original brass horn used to call hounds during the hunt. Antiques Roadshow appraiser James Supp has partnered with Coppola to valuate each piece, and the carefully restored trophies are mounted among Coppola's furniture and design finds. With such blue-blooded provenance, the collection can be intimidating to the uninitiated, she says. "It's important to be able to display the trophies with furniture so clients can visualize how to actually use them in decorative and home environments." The gallery will also carry hand-carved works by the owner of the European Hunt Collection, an accomplished sculptor whose works often incorporate antique antlers from the royal Austrian House of Habsburg. Rebecca Sherman F rench textile house Pierre Frey is steeped in tradition, which is why a breakout collaboration with graffiti artist Toxic is showing some serious design chops. Toxic, also known as artist Torrick Ablack, was one of the pioneers of the Graffiti movement in the 1980s and a cohort of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Toxic's two collections, Eighty/Thirty and No Toys Allowed, include wallpaper, fabric and wall panels with his signature spray- painted colors and abstract shapes. To the trade at Culp Associates. Rebecca Sherman Laurier Blanc, 1926 Bissonnet, 513.760.0040, HOLIDAY MEDS This caught our eye at Unix Gallery: a cheeky pair of cast resin wall pieces by L.A.-based artist Desire Obtain Cherish. The internationally exhibited talent conflates meds with luxury shopping in editioned sculptures measuring 24 by 24 inches each — just what the doc ordered — in odes to luxury purveyors Louis Vuitton and Hermès. Limited editions of 10, $22,000 to $24,000, in the Holiday Group Show, through January 2, at Unix Gallery, 4411 Montrose, Catherine D. Anspon Desire Obtain Cherish's Designer Drugs Four Pack (Hermès and Louis Vuitton), 2013, at Unix Gallery JENNY ANTILL CLIFTON JENNY ANTILL CLIFTON ROYAL STOCKIST Suzanne Coppola Graffiti artist Toxic Toxic's Eighty/Thirty collection for Pierre Frey Toxic's No Toys Allowed collection for Pierre Frey COURTESY THE ARTIST AND UNIX GALLERY

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