When I opened the little box from the china cabinet drawer at the estate sale, I startled all three floors of buyers and workers with my shriek of discovery. Inside were two cat candle climbers or candle huggers with pink faces that resembled little children.
Anthropomorphic ceramics have always delighted the five-year-old inside me. Anthropomorphism assigns human characteristics or traits to non human things. When I was four or five, I believed in a flying superhero mouse, birds that could talk and animals wearing clothes. They all fit within the magic of everyday life at that age. I’m so happy that these still appeal to me and fill me with joy.
I would gladly keep every harp playing poodle or female vegetable salt shaker playing the violin but that would not be easily supported with our modest earnings and simple style of decoration. Thank goodness I can hear other squeals of delight and see sparkles of fun in the eyes of others as they come across the items I have. I’ve had people call these adorable anthropomorphic items creepy to my face, but let’s face it–that means more for me and you to find and collect.