Balloon Rabbit (Red), Monkey (Blue), Swan (Yellow), 2017
Rabbit: 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 7 inches (26.7 x 14 x 17.8 cm)
Monkey: 9 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 16 1/2 inches (24.8 x 21 x 41.9 cm)
Swan: 9 3/4 x 6 x 8 inches (24.8 x 15.2 x 20.3 cm)
All with printed signature, title, date and each numbered from an edition of 999 respectively on the underside, published by Bernardaud, Limoges, France (with their stamp on the underside).
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Jeff Koons is an American artist currently holds the record for ‘most expensive piece sold by a living artist’. He takes pleasure in producing pieces that some erudite art critics might describe as being ‘low art.’ His artistry, concerned with ordinary, everyday objects, is often represented in his signature style, recreating balloon animals and figures in metallic, brightly-colored finishes. Koon’s record-breaking piece Rabbit is a stainless-steel recreation of a rabbit in balloon form, and sold in May of 2019 for $91 million. Throughout the years he has produced and organized his works into several series, including the Statuary series that Rabbit was a part of, the Banality series inspired by Hummel figurines, and the Celebration series that focused on recreations of inflatable dogs.
This collection of porcelain balloon animal sculptures is a classic example of Koon’s whimsical, iconic style. It features two of his most emblematic animals: the record-breaking rabbit and the sentimental swan, being one of the first sculptures he created at just 9 years old.