The object is a slipper-spoon that Andre Breton found in a flea market, and which he recognized as a fulfillment of the wish spoken by the automatic phrase that had begun running through his mind some months before -- the phrase cendrier Cendrillon, or Cinderella ashtray.
Woman sitting with her pet ocelot having tea at a Bois de Boulogne cafe
Alfred Eisenstaedt—TIme & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Victorian Metamorphic postcards c. 1910s
Top image is All Is Vanity by Charles Allan Gilbert (1892)