Familiar objects

According to the instructions of the sculptor, the tobacco in the bowl is to be replaced every afternoon, and a good Côtes du Rhône is to be poured into the wine glass whenever it becomes empty. The two zucchinis in the glass dish should not be allowed to rot. They have a special significance that will not be missed by the ascertaining critic. This room in the museum should be just off a kitchen with a wood stove so that the smells of smoke and garlic will permeate the space. Visitors will notice the authenticity. The chairs and the table are made of oak; paintings on the wall are indistinguishable from the originals. The silver tarnishes like real silver. The oriental carpet is threadbare.