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The Baltimore Sun


Modeled after Fifi D'Orsay, who played naughty French girls in 1930s Hollywood movies, the chanteuse forms the voluptuous back of a seat big enough for six. Mademoiselle's ample bosom is artfully tipped with teapot lids. The outré garden has hosted occasional Easter Bonnet Brawls attended by local luminaries: Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn, Joel Grey, Alan Sues of "Laugh-In" fame, and Lily Tomlin. Nichols has party photos of guests in unhinged chapeaux — a titanic hat in the shape of Cathedral of Notre-Dame, another composed of garden flats fitted with pansies. Backdropped by the puckish sculptures, the down-the-rabbit-hole scenes become studies for a Tim Burton movie. Genaro Molina