Saul Steinberg and a mid century Satsuma teapot! Esthetically it makes sense to bring these together for this shot but in reality, it is a picture of two worlds poles apart, geographically as well as in their artistic expression.
Saul Steinberg, pre-eminent and brilliant cartoonist of the 20th century. His cerebral art graced the covers of the New Yorker dozens of times, with his most sensational one from 1976, “View of the World From 9th Avenue” which depicts a tongue-in-cheek view of the world as seen by self-absorbed New Yorkers.
And a Japanese Satsuma teapot from the Meiji period – mid 19th century. These ivory-bodied pieces were designed by adapting their gilded polychromatic enamel overglaze designs with designs of Japanese figures, expressive faces or detailed oriental landscapes, to appeal to the tastes of western consumers. Satsuma ware actually dates back to the 16th century and gets its name from the Satsuma province with its access to local clay and proximity to Korea - the Korean potters were forcefully brought to Japan to kick-start Japan’s non-existent ceramic industry. #newyorker#newyork#ibteapots