Grayson Perry b. 1960

Provenance

Private Collection, London

Description

Vase:
An image transfer of Auguste Renoir’s Le Dejeuner des Canotiers, 1881
Poppy seed pods (Opium)
The inscribed text says in French, ‘Reminiscence / Perfume of the Mistresses’

Four interchangeable stoppers:
Arum Lily berries, also known as cuckoopint, a British poisonous berry
Winged Skull, a reference to Harley Davidson and biker culture, Perry has customised a Harley motorbike and he has also made bespoke biker leathers
Queen Elizabeth I, possibly a cast from a plastic doll
Chinese Empress, as above, both of the queen stoppers have identical faces on both sides suggesting they are cast from an existing object.