Some motifs are so appealing they show up year after year on home accessories - kittens and dogs, cows and pigs, flowers and fruit. But every now and then a new one crops up and takes the design world by storm. Last year bees and dragonflies swarmed all over linens and glassware. This year some of the most appealing home items feature roosters.
It seems to be a spillover from the recent popularity of French country decor and accessories, where roosters are a recurrent motif. The French consider the rooster a symbol of their national pride. These fowl are, as it turns out, endlessly versatile creatures, appearing on ceramics, in wood and tin, lending their distinctive shapes to chair backs, lamps and doorstops. Here are some rooster products we found.
1. Proud rooster turns it on in a glass and metal lamp, $130 at Stebbins Anderson, 802 Kenilworth Drive, Towson.
2. A pair of rooster bookends guards tomes, $45 at Dahne & Weinstein Gifts and Accessories, 10749 Falls Road, Greenspring Station.
3. Herrend Village Pottery places bucolic roosters on dinner plate and mug, $32 and $22 at Sunnyfields, 6305 Falls Road.
4. Crowing beak provides the spout on a ceramic rooster teapot, $25 at the Coffee Mill, Belvedere Square.
5. Roosters stack up well on a series of tin storage boxes, $35, $45 and $50 at Dahne & Weinstein Gifts and Accessories, 10749 Falls Road, Greenspring Station.
6. Colorfully painted metal doorstop gives a rooster something to crow about, $32 at Sunnyfields, 6305 Falls Road.
7. A rooster on a chain holds down napkins in a tin-rooster-bedecked holder, $18.50 at Sunnyfields, 6305 Falls Road.
8. Bright-red rooster struts along the back of a wrought-iron chair, one of a pair, $260 for both at Sunnyfields, 6305 Falls Road. (There's a table to match, $365.)
* The 19th annual Charles Village Garden Walk takes place today as part of the annual Charles Village Festival. From noon until 4 p.m., visitors can tour more than 30 private yards featuring urban landscapes and Victorian styles. Tickets are $8, with senior discounts. Call 410-889-6578.
* Seven Maryland wineries and chefs from restaurants such as Spike & Charlie's, Peerce's Plantation and That's Amore will be featured at Fine Wine Time '98 from noon to 7 p.m. today at Oregon Ridge Park (Shawan Road off Interstate 83). The event includes arts and crafts, live music and a seminar tent, where visitors can learn about wine and food. Tickets are $15. The event benefits the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens. Call 410-296-2272, Ext. 5221.
* Antique dolls, toys and games will be on display and for sale at the Eastern National Antique Dolls show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. Admission is $5. Call 301-963-3106.
Pub Date: 6/07/98