John Chamberlain, ‘Tasted Snow buffet service’, 1996, Artware Editions
John Chamberlain, ‘Tasted Snow buffet service’, 1996, Artware Editions

Tasted Snow Buffet Service, designed 1996
set of one salad bowl and six buffet plates
porcelain with gold, silver and copper trim
each plate: 1 h x 12 inches
edition of 100 sets

John Chamberlain designed this salad bowl with six buffet plates in 1996. Made of white porcelain and hand decorated with copper, silver, and gold trim, each of the pieces is based on a different machine part: the salad bowl was cast from a transmission cover and the plates are based on flywheels. Chamberlain never made the conscious distinction between art and design. and this edition is further evidence of this belief.

Each piece bears a stamp with the artist’s signature and production information and is hand-etched with the edition number.

Signature: On verso.

Manufacturer: Bernardaud

About John Chamberlain

John Chamberlain is best known for his twisting sculptures made from scrap metal and banged up, discarded automobile parts and other industrial detritus. “My work has nothing to do with car wrecks,“ he has said. “I believe common materials are the best materials.” With its emphasis on paint finishes and the raw materials’ lines and seams, his work has been described as a kind of three-dimensional Abstract Expressionist painting. While his breakthrough work dates form the 1960s (namely in sculpture), he has also more recently worked with large-scale photography.

American, 1927-2011, Rochester, Indiana, based in Shelter Island, New York