Roy Lichtenstein Champagne, Taittinger Collection, Bru Bottle, 1990
Champagne, Taittinger Collection, Bru Bottle, 1990
Screenprint on blue polyester form encasing the glass bottle with tag and box
Bottle: 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" x 13 1/2"; Box: 4 1/8" x 4" x 14"
Champagne vintage: 1985
The Taittinger Company had a history of commissioning artists to design bottles for it's collection and some of the artists chosen include: Victor Vasarely, Arman, Andre Masson, and Marie-Elena Vieira da Silva. Lichtenstein's bottle was the fifth design in the Taittinger Collection series. He was approached about doing the design in 1986, and the bottle was introduced on October 16, 1990, in Paris, France. In the US, the Lichtenstein bottle was presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, on June 10, 1991. The image that Lichtenstein created is a wonderful (Ben-Day dot with flat color shading) abstracted head profile with flowing hair. There are grapes, grape leaves, and vines scattered throughout the bottle as well as champagne bubbles. The entire work is accomplished in a brilliant cobalt blue with white, yellow, pale blue, and silver making up the various elements. Each individual form is highlighted with black outlines, so that the colors are separated and therefore more intense. This image is also reproduced, in part, on the side and top of the yellow presentation box that contains the bottle. Lichtenstein's signature is reproduced on the bottle, the top of the box, and again inside the box lid. The box was printed in France by Quadra Creations. The edition is 100,000 vintage 1985 Tattinger bottles from Reims, France. Few unopened bottles are to be found.