I was going to wait until she arrived in the flesh, or rather in the stone, before featuring her on the blog, but I simply can't.
This is the swan sculpture Tom chose from the works of the very wonderful and talented Jantien , who lives and works in Amsterdam, for a Big birthday he has coming this year. I would perhaps have been tempted by another swan in green serpentine, but his was the one he fell in love with (- I kept catching him gazing at her on the screen in close-up -) in alabaster, so I've put down 25% on her, and she'll arrive later this year. She's currently being feted and admired at Jantien's expo in Holland, but no-one else can have her!
We haven't actually met her yet, though I did see her in a half-formed state while she was being carved. Jantien and her lovely partner Jessy pack up everything in their yellow bus and head west each summer to stay with our friend Emilie, who's Jessy's mum, but Jantien can't leave home without a lump of stone and chisels, so the environs of Emilie's house tend to be scattered with chips of exotic geology for much of the month of August.
We had long been promising ourselves a piece of strokable stone sculpture, Little Swan seems to fit the bill!