The December 3, 2012, edition of The New Yorker included a review by Peter Schjedahl of a recent biography of famed cartoonist Saul Steinberg. Illustrating the article was a 1951 photograph of Steinberg and his wife, Hedda Sterne, posing by a mantel piece adorned with an interesting assortment of objects. But who is that shyly peeking out from behind the ornate clock?
She appears to be the long lost sister to Ms. #473, a Galluba and Hofmann fashion lady who was featured earlier on this blog.
I wish I knew the story behind Steinberg's bald bisque bathing belle. Where did she come from and why did he and his wife give her a place of honor on their mantel? Was she a gift from a beloved friend, a souvenir found on a trip, a precious present from one to the other? And where is the little lady now? Was she passed down as a treasured heirloom or does she sit forgotten and abandoned in some dusty attic or on an antique shop shelf? If only my silent seraglio of bisque and china could talk--who knows what stories they would tell!