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"Demi Tasse" Coffee Service

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Design by Arman (Armand Piere Fernandez (1928-2005))), Producted by Bernardaud Limoges1990LimogesPorcelainPlate: 3 x 22 x 12,3 cm; Saucer: 2,6 x 15,8 x 8,3 cm; Coffee cup: 2 x 11,2 x 4,5 cm; Coffeepot: 16,5 x 22 x 7,5 cm; Pot lid: 4,7 x 7,8 x 5 cm; Sugar bowl: 9,8 x 14 x 6cm; Creamer: 12 x 11,5 x 5 cm; Lid: 3,5 x 7 x 5 cm

Throughout his life, it seemed as if the French artist Armand Pierre Fernandez, known as Arman, was obsessed by objects. His designs were rich in variety. When creating his 1961 series "colères" (rages), Arman cut musical instruments in two, made various objects explode, and in doing so he wrecked an entire one-bedroom apartment. All the results of this creative rage were exhibited. He designed this coffee-set "Demi tasse" in 1990 for the porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud headquartered in the French town of Limoges. This coffee service embodies an ironic reflection of the artist and his environment. The "half cup" does not refer to a drinking convention, but rather the terminology is reminiscent of Arman’s early artistic style.