Chic choices


(1) Add a wild touch to modern décor with animal themes interpreted in distinctive iron sculptures. Entirely handcrafted by the Italian architectural bureau Alterego, these pieces pack quite the graphic punch. Available in horse, deer, rhino, buffalo skull or, pictured here, unicorn head ($3,760).

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(2) Talk about a conversation starter: This Sterling Silver Penguin Champagne Bottle Holder ($11,360), handcrafted in Italy, is not what you’ll see at every dinner party. The family-owned master silversmiths, Fratelli Lisi in Florence, meticulously manufactured this playful homage to the penguin. May we pour?

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(3) Stately tabletop accents seem to be a specialty when it comes to Argentiere Pagliai, but this silversmith from Tuscany combines the classical with the whimsical as well. Catching our eye are the Oro Salt Cellar ($390), in sterling silver and yellow gold and the Leone Napkin Holder ($330) in sterling silver.

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(4) The new book “Tiles & Styles, Jugendstil & Secession” (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., $59.99) has the subtitle “Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts Design in German and Central European Decorative Tiles, 1895-1935.” Collectors will spend plenty of time with Ken Forster’s effort, as it’s not only jam-packed with historical information but more than 600 color images of a wealth of designs that just happen to include — along with botanicals, landscapes and portraits — quite a few swans, deer, rabbits, peacocks and, here, fish.

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(5) WAG readers don’t have to worry that longtime Larchmont jewelry designer Pam Older relocated to Massachusetts. Those traveling her way can visit the Pam Older Designs shop in Newburyport or continue to find her creations online, including this Vintage Parrot necklace ($125). Featuring an antique brass bird fashioned from an old stamping, the long-length necklace is crafted with a vermeil and pyrite wire-wrapped chain. The Boho vibe is complete thanks to a sprinkling of pink and purple crystals.

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(6) Patricia Polk, in addition to being the owner of Patricia’s Presents — a boutique with a wealth of animal-themed merchandise — is also a longtime jewelry designer. Her Ridgefield shop serves to showcase some of her work, including this one-of-a-kind elephant neckpiece ($195). Featuring a silver and lapis handmade elephant pendant surrounded by blue Chinese pottery beads, the piece has a lobster-claw closing with two inches of silver chain for extra length. Polk says it’s made on wire for both comfort and durability.

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(7) The British-based jewelry company Halcyon Days — which boasts five decades of royal warrants and is featured at R & M Woodrow Jewelers in Rye — joins our animal-themed pages with an elegant roar. We fell in love with the hand-painted enamel bangles and cuffs, available in three sizes, as well as the understated-but-chic cuff links for the gentlemen. We’re highlighting leopards, tigers and animal prints here, in bracelets ($145 to $595) and cuff links ($145), but the collection also includes dogs, elephants, frogs, bees, bunnies and more.

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