Peter Fischli and David Weiss - Evening Editions New York Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Directly from the artists; Private Collector, Germany; Barbara Wien, Berlin (from the show Fischli Weiss: Editons and Books in 2003)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Einheimischer Waldboden ‘domestic forest floor’ first debuted in the artist’s seminal exhibition titled Ploetzlich diese Uebersicht at Galerie & Edition Stähli in Zurich in 1982. The exhibition brought together hundreds of handmade unfired clay objects depicting commonplace subjects in everyday life and biblical and mythological motifs. No matter the significance of the motif, all the objects were handled in an egalitarian way to form a subjective encyclopedia. Motifs were made in 20 unique variants but many of them have not survived due to the fragility of the unglazed and unfired clay. The present lot is amongst the survivors of the artist’s seminal exhibition.


Einheimischer Waldboden, from Ploetzlich diese Uebersicht series


Unique hand-formed unfired clay sculpture, comprised of three mushrooms, fir-cone, worm, leaves, wood etc.,

5 7/8 x 7 1/8 x 6 1/4 in. (14.92 x 18.1 x 15.88 cm)
signed with the artists’ fingerprint, copy ‘EA’ (an artist’s proof, the edition was 20 unique variants), all in very good condition.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Evening Editions

21 April 2011
New York