Friedensreich Hundertwasser:
The Espresso Cup Collector's Edition with Porcelain Object "Sediment Tower"


Friedensreich Hundertwasser:
The Espresso Cup Collector's Edition with Porcelain Object "Sediment Tower"

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ars mundi Special Edition | Porcelain | Handmade | Gold and Platinum Plating | Numbered

Friedensreich Hundertwasser: The Espresso Cup Collector's Edition with Porcelain Object "Sediment Tower"

This unique collection of espresso cups was manufactured exclusively for ars mundi and in cooperation with the KunstHausWien by Royal Porcelain Manufacture in Tettau featuring Hundertwasser architectural works. Cream jug and sugar bowl are gold plated by hand with 24 carat gold. The unique feature of the Hundertwasser espresso cup collector’s edition is the porcelain object "Sedimentturm" with removable onion dome with space for a 500 gram espresso storage tin. The "Sedimentturm" is based on the tower of the Hundertwasser architecture project The Forest Spiral of Darmstadt which was completed in 2000 and is manufactured and painted by hand. The "Sedimentturm" is limited to 1.999 numbered copies.

The "Sedimentturm" with 6 espresso cups in same numbering, cream jug and sugar bowl. The cups are 5 cm high and hold a volume of 0,09 litre, the saucers have a diameter of 12.2 cm. Dishwasher proof. Each cup is numbered by hand.

Copyright NAMIDA AG, 2002.

The displayed works of art are protected under the copyright. In particular, it is not permitted to reproduce, to alter, to print or to publish these works of art. Violations will be prosecuted according to civil and criminal law.

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Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) was one of the most famous and creative artists. Being under the influence of Paul Klee and Gustav Klimt the Austrian master developed the artistic world of winding secrets and in no other work of art the paint is applied more bravely and sensitively than in paintings of Hundertwasser.

The promotion of life according to the laws of nature and the desire to reflect all areas of life in art individually were the main points of Hundertwasser’s creative works. He wanted to unite the creatures of men with the creatures of the nature and help people to satisfy the desire for the beautiful and various in the harmony with nature.

The art of Hundertwasser was opposed to the monotonous reality of the every-day life governed and founded by the mere ratio. Instead of the strict lines perceived as too geometrical he placed the natural shapes. He changed the pervasive grey for powerful and shining colors up to glossy gold.

His art wasn’t purely the gallery or museum kind of art. According to Hundertwasser if the art was destined to change the world, it should enter the lives of average people. When he addressed to the “practical” art and designed the objects of everyday life like book covers, glasses, cups, postal stamps and, finally, the whole houses, it wasn’t the new direction of his art, but continuation of the prospect, set in the beginning of his artistic career: “I want to give people the things which are beautiful and practical, which can mean something for them and enrich them.”

For Hundertwasser art should be associated with individual creativity. He was skeptical about the mass production of things and hostile to the purely functional architecture. He was sure that his sketches can preserve their harmonious beauty only through manual work.

Graphic or sculpture edition that was initiated by ars mundi and is available only at ars mundi or at distribution partner licensed by ars mundi.

Ceramic product made from kaolin, quartz and feldspar.

Porcelain is formed by turning or pressing. Figural representations are cast. Complex molds have to be cast in sections and then "applied". After molding, the pieces are dried and "burnt" at about 900 °C. After that, the glaze is applied and fired at temperatures between 1,240 °C and 1,445 °C. In major manufactures, the porcelain is painted by hand with each color separately and has to be burned in compliance with narrow temperature tolerances.

The porcelain was invented in China and became widespread in Europe in the 16th century. The first European porcelain factory was founded in Meissen in 1710.

Other famous European porcelain factories are Fürstenberg, Höchst, Schwarzburger Werkstätten, Lladró, Nymphenburg, KPM, Augarten, Sèvres, Limoges, Royal Copenhagen, Worcester. Individual factories label their products with the porcelain brands that serve to identify their origin.

Related links:
Schwarzburg Workshops of the Porcelain Art

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