You’ve probably seen a few fancy home bars in your time, but none are likely as cool as this one by French artist François-Xavier Lalanne. Shaped like a large grasshopper, the Sauterelle bar is made up of Sèvres porcelain and brass, with a top that can open up to reveal the bottles stored inside.
The bar is actually up for auction and is estimated to bring between $800,000 and $1.2 million; and while the price is pretty steep, those with an interest in the Royal Family of England are taking notice. This innocuous looking home bar actually has an identical twin that is believed to be in the possession of Queen Elizabeth II. It was a gift to the queen from French president Georges Pompidou back in 1972.
If you love the idea of owning an art object with an association to the Royal Family, this may be the best chance yet. That said, the royal connection is not the only thing that makes this bar worth owning, Lalane’s sculptures are an easy source of delight to those who love extraordinary home objects. This bar in particular with its concealed cavity for bottles, appears at first sight to be a decorative sculpture; it’s only the second glance that reveals its interesting function.