Do you remember the fable by Aesop about the Fox and the Stork? Sometimes it is the Fox and the Crane.
The fox invited the stork to supper. Fox serves a bowl of soup. Fox can lap from the bowl, but our stork, with its long bill can’t get at it. So, Stork then invited Fox to lunch. This time the soup is in a long necked vase. Stork can eat, but our fox can’t. MORAL: If you are deceitful, expect deceit in return. Reversed: Do unto others….
Here is a fun piece from English soft-paste porcelain set from about 1770 depicting Aesop’s fables, yes, in the Detroit Institute of Arts.
And here is another version of the same tale, but from a larger, more complete service. Again, English soft-paste but from about 1815 (think about something that Mrs. Aubrey might have in her cupboard).
And if you don’t like soft-paste porcelain, here is an 18th c. Italian hard-paste which I post in honor of self-absorbed promethean neopelagians everywhere.
And just because it is sweet and such a contract, we have Merrymakers, French from 1870 by Carolus-Duran (+1917).
In any event, I was met by a priest friend for lunch at the museum. He reminded me of a few other posts I have made when in Detroit.
Remember my investigative report of Michael Voris’ studio?
Then there was the time I went into the belly of the beat, the Call to Action convention when I took the photo of what looked like a gathering of Willy Nelson impersonators.
And then there was the time we went to the hat store and had an adventure with complete strangers and a tire iron.