Fur-Lined Pot

Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim's fur-wrapped teacup and saucer, first exhibited in 1936, is considered a masterpiece of surrealist art. Oppenheim said that her only intention when creating it was to take something familiar and make it strange. (Read more about it here).

"Luncheon in Fur," by Meret Oppenheim

But what was the intention of Lincoln Products when they came out with their "fur-lined pot," circa 1958? Was it inspired by Oppenheim's teacup? And what did they mean by referring to it as the "proverbial fur-lined potty"? I have no idea.

My best guess is that a fur-lined potty would keep you warm if you sat on it while going to the bathroom. So perhaps a "fur-lined potty" was an old idiom for an idea that was good in theory, but not in practice.

     Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 04, 2016
     Category: Products

I'd take the phrase "fur-lined potty" to mean something perhaps pleasant, but impractical. But I think I have a way of getting these things wrong.

These days "a line in the sand" seems to mean something completely different to the rest of the planet compared to my interpretation of it. I always took it to mean an ultimatum, but one that when the wind blows or changes is erased and forgotten.
Posted by Robb of Warren on 12/04/16 at 09:21 AM
Fur lined pot must be hard to keep lit.
Posted by F.U.D. on 12/04/16 at 12:17 PM
That's really bad, F.U.D.

In the late 1970's when Steve Martin was launching his stand-up comedy act, part of the monologue included a line that success would finally allow him to buy those things he really had no need of, which included a "fur lined sink and kitty handcuffs."
Posted by KDP on 12/05/16 at 07:50 AM
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