“Puppy (Vase)” serves to commemorate the 40-foot sculpture featuring an irrigation system and living, flowering plants that Koons created for the entrance of the Schloss Arolsen, a castle in Germany in 1992. Koons’ "Puppy" sculpture was subsequently installed in Sydney (1995-1996), Bilbao (1997-present, permanently installed), and New York (2000). The sculpture is of a trusty West Highland terrier but formed from saccharine iconography–flowers and puppies. In keeping with themes in his past work, Koons combines elite references (gardening, flower arranging, and dog breeding) with those of popular culture (Chia Pets and Hallmark greeting cards).

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Rising to prominence from the East Village scene of 1980s New York, Jeff Koons (b. 1955) stands as one of the most recognizable artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Koons combines the legacy of Marcel Duchamp’s readymade, the Pop aesthetic of Andy Warhol, and the industrial embrace of Minimalism to create works that elevate the low-brow and kitsch to a scale of monumentality worthy of the art historical canon. Whether it’s the massive, shining balloon animals of the “Celebration” series or the pristine porcelain statuary of Michael Jackson and his pet monkey, Bubbles, Koons’s works are immediately recognizable, even if their sincerity remains unclear.

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Puppy Vase, 1998
Lot Number 30
17.5 x 11 x 17 in (44.45 x 27.94 x 43.18 cm)
Edition of 3000
50 AP
Stamped signature, number, and date on underside
Accompanied by the original box

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Puppy Vase
  • Dimensions
    17.5 x 11 x 17 in (44.45 x 27.94 x 43.18 cm)