As we celebrate the launch of The New Heirlooms, our Christmas campaign which celebrates limited-edition artist-made pieces and the notion of giving and receiving those very special gifts, we take the opportunity to chat with our artists and designers about the special heirlooms in their life.
Featuring an exclusive collection of architectural sculptures and handmade bud vases, Nicolette Johnson shares an amazing German fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm in the 1800’s, reimagined as sculpture becoming her most prized possession.
Can you please tell us about something special you treasure, perhaps it was handed down to you or you would like to see it passed on?
An object in my home that I treasure most above most others is a sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians, a German fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800’s.
The Bremen Town Musicians were traditionally just four animals, (a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster) so the unknown artist obviously took some liberties when creating the piece! The story is about the mistreated animals working together to overcome injustices being carried out by humans.
The sculpture was bought by my father as a gift to his mother, my Oma, years and years ago and for as long as I can remember it had pride of place in the middle of her mantelpiece at their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For me it came to represent her as it was such a bold, strong figure and it held such a central position in the house. When my Oma passed away I asked if I could have it to bring back to Australia with me, and it has held a central position in my home ever since.