Arman ‘Violon’ Cutlery Service with 116 Pieces in Artistic Cabinet

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Arman, service with 116 parts in an artistic storage cabinet, gold plated silver, wood, Plexiglas, France, 1971

This incredible violin service ‘Violon Menagère’, a 12-guest flatware service which the artist released in 1971 as an edition of 99, manufactured at l’Orfèvrerie Tétard in Paris. A set 116 flatware pieces in wonderful designs are placed in an artistic storage cabinet. Drawers upholstered in black velvet organize the service when not in use. Arman signed the Plexiglas window behind which an eye-catching piece of art is displayed. In unparallel manner and for each cabinet individual a sliced violin is presented.

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“I specialize very much in… everything,” the French-born American artist Arman told an interviewer in 1968. Regarded as one of the most prolific and inventive creators of the late 20th century, Arman’s vast artistic output ranges from drawings and paintings to monumental public sculpture to his famous “accumulations” of found objects. His work—strongly influenced by Dada, and in turn a strong influence on Pop Art—is in the collections of institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Tate Modern in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Arman (1928-2005) was born Armand Pierre Fernandez and showed a precocious artistic talent from an early age. He signed his early work with his first name only. When a printer misspelled his name in 1958, he decided to retain the name 'Arman' for the rest of his career. He was the son of an antiques dealer and amateur cellist, and as such, he absorbed an intense appreciation for music and the art of collecting from an early age. The inspiration from music and musical instruments is omnipresent in much of the artist's work.

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Product details

  • Condition Good
  • Creator Arman (Designer)
  • Date of Manufacture 1971
  • Dimensions Height 35.04 in. Width 22.05 in. Depth 11.62 in.
  • Dimensions Height 89 cm Width 56 cm Depth 29.5 cm
  • Materials and Techniques Wood Silver Velvet Plexiglass
  • Period 1970-1979
  • Place of Origin France
  • Style Mid-Century Modern (of the period)