Dans ses écrits, un sage Italien
Dit que le mieux est l'ennemi du bien.
Well, not quite. The quotation I actually found was
"Perfection is the enemy of done"
but when I went a-googling, I ended up here
where I discovered that
Perfect is the enemy of good is an aphorism, an English variant of the older better is the enemy of good, which was popularized by Voltaire in French form. Alternative forms include "the perfect is the enemy of the good", which more closely translate French and earlier Italian sayings, or "[the] perfect is the enemy of [the] good enough". Similar sentiments occur in other phrases, including from English, and are all attested since around 1600.
The quotation I put at the top of this post is from Voltaire. Following this up took me to Japan, and the Japanese idea of wabi sabi. Here's some more wikipedia
Wabi-sabi (侘寂?) represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin?), specifically impermanence (無常mujō?), suffering (苦 ku?) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (空 kū?).Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
|Wabi-sabi tea bowl, Azuchi–Momoyama period, 16th century|
|Thrown bowl by Bernard Leach|
So, the wabi-sabi tea bowl above also appears in the raku pottery entry in wikipedia, with the caption
An Azuchi-Momoyama period (16th century) black Raku-style chawan, used for thick tea (Tokyo National Museum)
Here are our pots (our daughter had a go too; wonder if you remember?). I think mine is the brown bowl, and her's the blue jar, but I'm not sure. I've taken them down from the high dusty shelf, washed and dried them. They are going to look fab upstairs on the bathroom on the bedroom window sill.