veuve clicquot my friend diane gave me for my recent birthday (i've got nice friends, right? ;-) it has some minor finish issues (the original lacquer coating is flaking off), and one corner of the base is chipped, but otherwise, it's just bee-you-ti-ful.
thing is dude bought it from didn't know anything about it, as he inherited with his apartment (past owners probably left it rather than move it. did i mention the thing is freakin' heavy?).
he said he was told it was originally very expensive, but that's all he knew. just by size, weight and quality i could tell he was right, but question is, was it expensive from the kind of retail/gallery store on rodeo dr. that sold nagels in the 80's? or it is expensive as in it came from a reputable gallery or auction house and is by a known artist? of course, there ain't a marking anywhere on the damn thing, so i just dunno.
|detail showing the hollow matte inner surface, exposed at the bottom`of the piece.|
what i do know is that it certainly reminds me of a barbara hepworth with it's pierced hole and ovoid shape, but that fin-like extension on the left side sorta throws my bh theory off; plus i really doubt there are too many barbara hepworths out there getting inherited with apartments and sold to decorators in the middle of the night on a street corner (still there is the story of the dude who bought that original warhol at a yard sale in vegas, so one always has hope).
|the junque whisperer™mystery...|
so naturally, i thought of you, my readers, and how since you are some of the smartest, best connected peeps around, that maybe y'all can help me identify my new pretty. sooooo- any guesses?