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    Roy Lichtenstein

    One of the most influential and innovative American artists of the post-war period, Roy Lichtenstein ushered in the prominence of Pop Art through his high-impact representations of consumer imagery, common entertainment, and the accoutrements of contemporary life rendered in the Ben-Day dots of contemporary comic strips. Central to Lichtenstein’s practice was parody, which enabled the artist to engage with often-disparaged commercial source imagery from an ironic distance as he considered the nature of the banal and probed the boundaries of what fine art could be.

     

    While Lichtenstein’s early Pop work cemented his status as one of the main figures of one of the most iconic and original movements of postmodernism, he continued to develop his practice over the course of the following decades until his death in 1997. Retaining his characteristic comic style and ironic distance, Lichtenstein engaged new and disparate influences from Abstract Expressionism to Chinese landscape painting to evolve the subject of his own work and consider the contradictions of representation, style, and substance. Lichtenstein is a central figure in the 20th century art historical canon and accordingly his work is represented in the collections of major museums worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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Tea set

1984
15 ceramic dishes, including one teapot with lid, one sugarbowl with lid, one creamer, four teacups, four saucers and four small plates,
various sizes
each with the artist's printed signature, numbered 3/100 on the underside of the sugarbowl, creamer and teapot, published by Rosenthal Limitiere Kunstreihen, Germany (each with their stamp on the underside), several with a few areas of scuffing (particularly in the silver glaze of the plates), one cup with a spot of very pale staining in the interior, a few with very minor soiling, otherwise in very good condition, lacking two sets of teacups, saucers and plates.

Estimate
$15,000 - 20,000 

Modern & Contemporary Editions

2 June 2009, 2pm
New York