Artist: Albert Dubout (May 15, 1905 – 1976) was a French cartoonist, illustrator, painter, and sculptor.
These are known as the Dubout Cats. This particular illustration is called "The Third Eye".....yes it is a bunghole staring at you.
This is my favorite piece of kitchenware.
I had actually received 2 of these mugs w/saucers years ago from my Aunt Mary Lou. I think the story behind them was that her daughter had received the pair for a wedding present. Whether they did not like them or didn't use them, I don't know and I don't care because I was the lucky regift recipient of these. Thanks Mary Lou. At the time of receiving these..........I had been collecting for years this blue spatterware from Robinson and Ransbottom Pottery of Roseville OH (since I was 19 years old). I tucked these away because I loved them but they didn't go with my current dishware. March '07 I decided that I was over the blue spatterware already......I sold the whole collection on ebay in a few days and I went WHITE!!! I have so many great white pieces that I love but these are my favorites. I actually did some internet research and found a place in LA that sells Parisian Imports and they carried these same mugs. I ordered 4 more so I would have a set of 6. These are huge and are great for soups, great conversation pieces and great for entertaining. I have a whole wall of glass cabinets w/glass shelves and they light up and these look great amongst my other white pieces. Maybe some might find them offensive, but I think they are hysterical, kitschy and fun. They say "This person has an attitude problem but you love them anyway". Albert Dubout has done a whole kitchenware collection of the Dubout Cats. They are all black and white and the illustrations are really kitschy. My particular style is to have very neutral items and then just a couple of pieces that jump out and really hit you. If these don't come up and smack you in the face I don't know what does. Who knew a cats ass could be so stylish???? Meeeoooowww!!!
Date night update w/hubby last night: Rumba Revolution down in Market District. Tapas and Mojitos. It was good but could have been better. Bacon wrapped scallops, mini cubanos, chorizo flatbread, empanadas, chicken taquitos, pork & apple skewers, and a raspberry mojito.