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Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945)

Lot 95: Joseph Kosuth, Forme Appliquée (Historique), Service, 1991

Auctionata Paddle8 AG

December 6, 2016
Berlin, Germany

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20-piece porcelain service: black and white glazed porcelain with printed inscription
Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945) – US-American concept artist4 sets, each consisting of 1 serving plate, 1 dinner plate, 1 soup plate, 1 salad plate and 1 desert plate
10 pieces with the printed signature ‘Joseph Kosuth’, title ‘Forme Appliquée (Historique)’ and date ‘1991’ and the handwritten numbering '9B/75' on the underside
10 pieces with the handwritten numbering ‘9 W/75’ on the underside
Manufactured by Ch. Field Haviland, Limoges (5),  Ancienne Manufacture Royale, Limoges (5), Limoges, France (5) resp. Bernardaud France (5) (with the respective signet)
Published by Artes Magnus, New York (with the printed signet)Variable dimensions
In the original cloth-covered cardboard boxes: c. 36 x 36 x 12.5 cm
Provenance: Private collection, North Rhine-Westphalia

The sets feature four different forms that are based on models manufactured during the 200-years history of Limoge's porcelain manufactury:  Comte d'Artois 1777, Ceres 1855, Elite 1957 and Palme 1960. All pieces show the name of the pattern and its date of origin.

The services are overall in very good condition, showing only minor wear to the cardboard boxes.

Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945)
Joseph Kosuth was born in Toledo, Ohio. He studied at the Toledo Museum School of Design, between 1955 and 1962, followed by further studies at the Cleveland Art Institute, the New York School of Visual Arts and finally the New School for Social Research. Since 1967 Kosuth has also seized a number of teaching positions at institutions, including the HBK in Hamburg, the Academy of Arts in Munich and the University of Venice, since 2007. His artistic works are based on a conceptual approach in which language and text elements such as dictionary definitions are converted to the actual medium of art. Many of his works have an installation-character and deal with the perception of art in social or institutional space. His works have been awarded with numerous prizes and were represented at major international exhibitions such as the documenta in Kassel. Examples of his artistic output are represented at the MMK in Frankfurt am Main, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Tate Gallery in London. The artist lives and works in New York and Rome. (cko)

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