When artist Guy
Buffet created his wonderful lithograph "Le Sommelier,"
the praise and purchases were immediate. Everyone loved the
delightful little Frenchman who seemed to remind us of romantic
Parisian restaurants. Buffet collectors in particular said,
"Guy, you should do a sculpture of the charming fellow. Who
could resist him!"
And so the little wine steward, whose name
is "Gaston," is finally a sculpture in fact. Buffet recently
retuned from France where the bronzes were cast.
Each of Buffet’s sculptures were cast by
La Monnaire de Paris -- the Paris Mint – marking the first time that this
official government house has agreed to extend its services to such an
artistic project. The celebrated French champagne company, Perrier Jouet,
has already reserved 25 of these figures for use as annual awards to the
real sommeliers who are named "best in the world."
"Gaston" stands 16 inches high on
a 5.5 inch square base. Each will be signed and titled on the inside edge of
the apron. The edition number and seal of the Paris Mint will appear on the
front of the base.