Lot 95: Jeff Koons, Split Rocker, Porcelain Vase, Multiple, 2012

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October 20, 2016, 4:00 PM CET
Berlin, Germany
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Description: Porcelain, glazed inside
France, 2012
Jeff Koons (born 1955) – US-American artist
Printed signature ‘Koons’, numbered and dated ‘J […]. 0469/3500. 2012‘, as well as typographically titled ‘Split Rocker’ and with maker’s mark on the underside
Manufactured by Bernardaud, Limoges, France (founded in 1863)
Copy 469 from the edition of 3500
Height: c. 38 cm
With the original cardboard box: 37 x 43.3 x 43.3 cm
Very good condition
The vase is a small variant of the monumental Split-Rocker flower sculpture that was installed in the garden of the Fondation Beyeler in 2012. Jeff Koons is one of the most controversial contemporary artists

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The design of the present porcelain vase shows two halves of typical rocking horse heads, put together along a split line in the center. The left side turns out to be a pony, whereas the right side depicts a dinosaur. Koons seems to have been deeply inspired by Cubism, since he deliberately proceeded with the practice of disassembling and re-assembling incoherent objects. The ‘Split Rocker’ thus visualizes the idea of combining alleged contradictions and was repeated in different designs, including the colossal floral sculpture.

Condition:
The porcelain vase is in very good condition. The original cardboard box is in good condition with only minor signs of wear. The vase measures c. 38 cm in height. The box measures 37 x 43.3 x 43.3 cm.

Jeff Koons (b. 1955)
The US-American artist Jeff Koons is one of the most successful artists of the present. In his artworks, Koons continually presents himself through pictures. His works are characterized by a garish, loud and colorful style which culminates in his monumental sculptures that oscillate between the poles of ‘art’ and ‘kitsch’. By doing so, the artist catches up with art historical traditions initiated by personalities such as Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol. (cbo)

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