The Far East has always been a revered destination on my list of global adventures. Specifically, Japan. Its mysticism and Zen philosophies draw me closer to it every time I delve into the country’s history. Actually, just last month, I asked a friend of mine who works at The Standard, New York named Yoshizo-san to teach me how to trim a bonsai tree. Well, let’s just say that the lesson abruptly ended when I snipped the tree at its base. What? I was running late!
Anyway, it was to my sheer oriental delight when I walked into The Standard Shop shortly thereafter that bonsai mishap to find that we carried the most exquisite porcelain pigs imported from the Land of the Rising Sun.
They were first sold in 1964 as original pieces by famed ceramics designer, Masahiro Mori, who you most probably know from his now omnipresent soy sauce pot. Now, theses sultry swine are available in black and white and in three different sizes. Of course I bought all three in both sets of colors. You know how much I love pigs!
The large pig is $60, the medium is $40 and the small is $25. The Standard Shop is located at 848 Washington Street in New York City.