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Monday, July 24, 2006

Dept. of nonessentials


Steuben Glass is advertising a $3,700, 5-pound liquid crystal rendition of a lobster, shaded a delicate rose-pink. The slick press release includes a passage from Marcel Proust's "In Search of Lost Time," about eating lobster a l'Americaine to get you in the buying mood.

The sculptural piece, by designer Taf Lebel Schaefer, would be a perfect complement to -- well, to what? One might ponder the need to spend $3,700 on a crystal crustacean with very sharp-looking antennae and claws when the real thing would be so much more delicious. And, despite lobster's luxury prices, so much cheaper. A paperweight, perhaps? Something to anchor the paper napkins on the poolside table? A hefty object to throw at the guest who's misbehaving or the husband who's a cad?

We could go on and on, but instead we'll wait until Steuben issues a web photo of the brand-new crystal objet d'art. This photo of a real lobster doesn't do it justice.

Posted by Alison Arnett at 04:44 PM
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