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Violin Plates by Michael Craig Martin



Violin Plates (Pink)
bone china hand-decorated with ceramic transfer
3 plates:
6 3/4" (17 cm)
8 1/4" (21 cm)
10 2/3" (27 cm)
open edition

This set of three bone china plates by the Irish artist Michael Craig Martin shows the image of a violin pulled from one of the artist's larger works. As a set, the three plates create a place setting with a dessert/bread plate, a salad plate and a dinner plate. They also work wonderfully as a decorative display on your shelf or wall.

The artist has said about these plates, "I wanted to do something more than just reproduce one of my images on a plate. The surface area of a plate is comparatively small so I started thinking of making an image larger than the plate, showing only a fragment. Playing with this idea, I suddenly realized that because of its length and the fact it tapers towards the top, I could accommodate the entire image of the violin on a graduated sequence of 3 plates. It was an extraordinary coincidence it fit so perfectly. I am happy that the plates can be used to eat from in an ordinary way, displayed on a table or a wall to re-assemble the violin, placed in an orderly stack from large to small, be used singly or simply mixed up in a group."

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