12.31.2009

What Most Of You Will NOT Be Sipping Tonight. The über Exclusive Angel Champagne.




So, what champagne will you be toasting with tonight to ring in the New Year? Dom Perignon? Cristal? Taittinger's? Perhaps a good sparkling wine or even sparkling apple cider. But odds are you won't be drinking Angel Champagne unless you're either very in the know, or personal friends with Mariah Carey.



12 years in the making, Stefano Zagni's recently released Angel Champagne is quite possibly the most exclusive on the market. The champagne, which is blended and cellared in Reims, France, is beautifully presented in stunningly designed, hand finished, numbered and signed bottles.



"A passion for perfection is always paramount in my decision-making,” says founder Stefano Zagni, shown below. “Whether in business or my personal life."



The story of Angel Champagne is testament to his passion. Throughout every stage of its refinement, care and expert judgment have been applied – in order that those fortunate enough to enjoy it know they are enjoying the very best.

Angel Champagne is only available from the Angel web site or through specially selected establishments, which have been approved to stock the Angel range of Champagnes.

The range of Angel Champagnes includes non-vintage, vintage and rosé champagne, made with grapes sourced from the very best and premier Crus from the region of Champagne where specialist blenders then apply the centuries-old craft of assemblage in order to perfect the unique Angel taste. Then every bottle of Angel is hand-crafted and ‘finished’ with silver and cut-glass labels, inset gems and platinum finished body. Each hand-finished bottle is unique.



The iconic style of Angel and the hand finished detailing to the bottle known as ‘the body’ that contains the Champagne & Grande Cuvee Brut is unique to each Angel White and Angel Pink produced. The Angel White & Pink Magnum was specially selected for the sheer beauty and curve of the body and the pronounced shoulder & neck.

No one bottle is the same with the Angel solid silver neck ring, identification label and stylised ‘Angel Mark’, hand finished with gems, produced and worked to be held for the first time.

24 Exclusively Packaged Bottles:

To mark the immensity of the new release, the very first 24 bottles of Angel Champagne will be set aside as items of special interest for discerning investors.



Each of the 24 platinum finish bottles is to be individually numbered, with solid platinum label, hallmarking and mounted diamonds. Each will be encased in the Angel handcrafted special creation leather tube with diamond-encrusted screw heads, silver base and head.



These hugely collectible items will be available for £250,000 (or $401,863.78 USD).

The Retail Collection:

Champagne Brut Triple Jeroboam - 9L White:


Platinum finish bottle body of immense stature with solid silver labels and neckband encrusted with diamond cut crystals and crystal cut glass wing embellishment and crowned with a unique silver speckled hand applied black flocked foil seal.

The colour is intense and the nose is fresh and elegant with a lovely clarity and precision to the pear, green apple, white flowers and mineral aromas that resonate on the long and elegant finish. Price: £5,450.00

Champagne Vintage Brut Magnum - 1.5L White


Platinum intense finish bottle body with solid silver labels and neckband encrusted with diamond cut crystals and crystal cut glass wing embellishment and crowned with a unique silver speckled hand applied black flocked foil seal.

The colour is intense with heady aromas that lead to a richy-textured expression of the fruit. There is a superb expression of depth and richness of brioche, quince, pear and toasted nut aromas. This textured wine possesses awesome length, density and a sublime, classy finish which can only be found in a great vintage. Price: £1,824.00

Champagne - Rose Magnum Hint of Pink 1.5L


Platinum finish bottle body with crystal hand cut glass centre peice wing in a hint of pink, solid silver labels and neckband encrusted with diamond cut crystals and crystal cut glass wing embellishment and crowned with a unique silver speckled hand applied black flocked foil seal.

The colour is delicate while the nose is intense with layers of small red berries, pomegrade, strawberries and flowers that marries power to a decidedly pure, pointillictic expression of the fruit. The finish combines wonderful elegance and finesse. Price: £1,535.00

Champagne - Brut Magnum - 1.5L White


Platinum finish bottle body with solid silver labels and neckband encrusted with diamond cut crystals and crystal cut glass wing embellishment and crowned with a unique silver speckled hand applied black flocked foil seal.

The colour is intense and the nose is fresh and elegant with lovely clarity and precision to the pear, green apple, white flowers and mineral aromas that resonate on the long and elegant finish. Price: £1,486.00

Champagne Vintage Brut - 750ml White


Platinum intense finish bottle body with solid silver labels and neckband encrusted with diamond cut crystals and crystal cut glass wing embellishment and crowned with a unique silver speckled hand applied black flocked foil seal.

The colour is intense with heady aromas that lead to a richy-textured expression of the fruit. There is a superb expression of depth and richness of brioche, quince, pear and toasted nut aromas. This textured wine possesses awesome length, density and a sublime, classy finish which can only be found in a great vintage. Price: £1,022.00

Champagne - Rose Hint of Pink 750ml


Platinum finish bottle body with crystal hand cut glass centre piece wing in a hint of pink, solid silver labels and neckband encrusted with diamond cut crystals and crystal cut glass wing embellishment and crowned with a unique silver speckled hand applied black flocked foil seal.

The colour is delicate while the nose is intense with layers of small red berries, pomegrade, strawberries and flowers that marries power to a decidedly pure, pointillictic expression of the fruit. The finish combines wonderful elegance and finesse. Price: £1,019.00

Champagne - Brut - 750ml White


Platinum finish bottle body with solid silver labels and neckband encrusted with diamond cut crystals and crystal cut glass wing embellishment and crowned with a unique silver speckled hand applied black flocked foil seal.

The colour is intense and the nose is fresh and elegant with lovely clarity and precision to the pear, green apple, white flowers and mineral aromas that resonate on the long and elegant finish. Price: £840.00

Prices in US dollars:
Grande Cuvee Brut White - 750ML $795 (including Angel necklace)
Grande Cuvee Brut Magnum White - 1.5L $1295 (including Angel necklace)
Grande Cuvee Brut Rosé Pink - 750ML $825 (including Angel necklace)
Grande Cuvee Brut Rosé Magnum Pink - 1.5L $1325 (including Angel necklace)
Champagne Brut White - 750ML $455
Champagne Brut Rosé Pink - 750ML $495
Champagne Brut Vintage Black - 750ML $795
Champagne Brut Magnum White - 1.5L $875

Special Creations
The Angel Special Creations range has so far included personalized, diamond encrusted bottles of Champagne and Champagne cases, plus beautiful leather bottle cases, which can be personalized, and hand finished to an exceptional and exacting level of quality.



For Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon:
A special custom gift case and magnum bottles with hand-crafted name embellishments were created for Mariah Carey & Nick Canon's 1st anniversary celebration gift. Both Mariah and Nick’s initials were gem encrusted:



Hand embroidered velvet bottle sleeve with drawstring and a leather shoulder bag:



Angel Jewelry & Accessories


Not just the bubbly, Angel’s range of available accessories includes a lapel pin and cuff links for men, a bracelet, a ring, earrings, a hairpin and necklaces for women (some with diamonds), as well as unisex necklaces and cell phone charms. A specially tailored flight transit case is also available. All of which are shown below.








Unlike luxury brand Roederer's Cristal champagne, who, in 2006, got a lot of grief (and a boycott by Jay-Z) for implying that they'd rather not be associated with hip-hop artists and their music videos, Angel champagne seems to be happy to take over that role.



Given that Mariah is the 'face' of Angel Champagne, it's no surprise that the champagne was featured in her Obsessed video and is apparently one of the gifts she is known to send. Her album, "Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel" came bundled with a CD that featured advertising for products, including Angel Champagne. The champagne has also been featured in the Rick Ross video of the hit record ‘Magnificent’ and in Fabolous' Throw it in the Bag video. and their It's My Time video.
Take that, Cristal. And Happy New Year!


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12.30.2009

Wood Sculptures That look Like Anything But. The Work Of Ricky Swallow.



above: Come together. Below: detail of Come together



Australian born sculptor and painter Ricky Swallow has many talents. Only one of which are his realistic wood carvings made with Jelutong, English Lime, Walnut and Pear wood.

Although he has wonderful bronze works and watercolors, too, it's his wood carvings that emulate canvas, rubber, animals and more I want to share with you. The appearance of these sculptures suggest they are made of materials other than wood.

The majority of the sculptures below are made of Jelutong*

Sleeping Range:

Fig.1:



Fig.2



The Bricoleur:

Field Recording/Highland Park Hydra:

Everything is nothing:


The arrangement:


Private dancer:

Together is the new alone:

Younger than yesterday

Instrument:

Growing Pains (contingency for beginners):

You can read a review or Ricky's 2006 show in the NY Times here.

*What is Jelutong?

Jelutong (Dyera costulata) is a type of hardwood also known as jelutong bukit or jelutong paya. It grows in Malaysia, Borneo, and Sumatra and has the appearance of a straight grained wood with fine, even texture. Colors range from creamy-white sapwood and heartwood, maturing to a pale straw-yellow.

It is light, soft, brittle, and weak with good stability in service, low decay resistance, and works easily with both hand and power tools.

This type of wood planes to a nice, clean surface and glues, screws, and nails without difficulty. Stains, paints, and varnishes fairly well.

It is popular for model making, patterns, wooden shoes, battery separators, and drawing boards. Also used for interior joinery and corestock for doors. Excellent wood for carving and sculpture due to its softness. Latex in the wood is extracted for chewing gum.



above: Ricky Swallow, Field Recordings
Published by Craftsman House, 2005
Edited by Ashley Crawford
Text by Justin Paton


The artist at work and with his "Killer mask":

above left photo by Brett Cody Rogers, above right photo by Diana Panuccio

Ricky now works and lives in Los Angeles and has several publications to his name and is represented by the following galleries:

Modern Art
23/25 Eastcastle Street
London W1W 8DF
T +44 (0)20 7299 7950
F +44 (0)20 7299 7951
www.modernart.net

Marc Foxx
6150 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
T +1 323 857 5571
F +1 323 857 5573
www.marcfoxx.com

Darren Knight Gallery
840 Elizabeth Street, Waterloo NSW 2017
Sydney, Australia
T +61 2 9699 5353
F +61 2 9699 5254
www.darrenknightgallery.com

Hamish McKay Gallery
1st Floor, 39 Ghuznee Street
Wellington New Zealand
T + 64 4 384 7140
F + 64 4 384 7142
www.hamishmckaygallery.com

Ricky Swallow is presently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia through February 2010

Speaking of wood carvings, don't forget to check out:
Peter Rolfe's Sculpted Wood Human Form Dressers here
C'mon people, it's only a dollar.
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