The Strangely 
Seductive Smoking Cat

© Joel Stans

A line of Parisian ceramics inspired by Balthus and his cats.

Cats were an important source of inspiration for the French painter Balthus. So his widow, Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, an esteemed artist in her own right, pays tribute to her late husband and his love of felines and cigarettes in her line for Parisian ceramics maker Astier de Villatte. Her eight-inch-tall Encensoir Chat ceramic figurine, which is all the rage in London, puffs incense smoke out of its mouth.