Franz West (b. 1947)
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Franz West (1947-2012)

Labstücke (Refresher)

Franz West (1947-2012)
Labstücke (Refresher)
papier-mâché, plaster, gauze, acrylic and glass
75 x 6½ x 6½in. (190.5 x 16.5 x 16.5cm.)
Executed in 1989
A girft from the artist to the present owner in 1989.
Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


'In 1989, while in New York, Franz West and myself met a few times for drinks, lunches or dinners. On one of these occasions, we finished a bottle of Italian white wine which Franz took home, to the place where he was staying at in New York. Some days later, he gave me a bottle of French Cognac with the command to finish the bottle myself and to return him the empty bottle. Since Cognac is not my cup of tea, I emptied the Cognac bottle in the bath tub at the hotel I was staying in. Two days later, I returned him the empty Cognac bottle. He didn't ask a thing and I didnt say a thing. A few days later, he invited me to the place he was staying at, and showed me two new works, which he then gave me as a present. Untitled, with the Cognac bottle, I gave to a very dear friend in New York. Untitled, 1989, the work with the Italian white wine bottle, I had shipped to Europe, Brussels, where I had it in my home.'

(Jan Vercruysse, Brussels, 1 November 2012).