Joseph Kosuth, Forme Appliquée (Historique), Service, 1991

Item no. 357302-8
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    • 18-part porcelain service: black and white glazed porcelain with printed inscription
    • Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945) – US-American concept artist
    • 6 pieces with the printed signature ‘Joseph Kosuth’, title ‘Forme Appliquée (Historique)’ and date ‘1991’ and the handwritten numbering ‘4w/200’ on the underside
    • 12 pieces with the handwritten numbering ‘9 B/75’ on the underside
    • Manufactured by Ancienne Manufacture Royale, Limoges (6) and Bernardaud, Limoges (12) respectively (with the respective signets)
    • Published by Artes Magnus, New York (with the printed signet)
    • 6 presentation plates: c. 29.5 cm diameter, 6 cups with saucers
    • In 2 original cloth-covered cardboard boxes: c. 36 x 36 x 12.5 cm
    • Provenance: Private collection, North Rhine-Westphalia
    • This object is sold through our Berlin office
  • Additional Information & Condition

    Additional Information & Condition

    The service shows six different forms that represent the 200-year history of Limoges porcelain production from 1773 to 1960. The models are manufactured without the decoration in the variants black or white and bear the name of the pattern and its date of origin.


    The dinner service is in overall very good condition. Both boxes bear slight signs of use.

    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. (fea)

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