Pump it Up! by Ted Noten

Dutch conceptual jeweller Ted Noten is one of the most exciting and unusual designers working today. Trained at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, he became widely known for jewellery and handbags that featured variously provocative objects such as a whiff of cocaine, cherished rings, a little dead mouse wearing a tiny pearl necklace and some genuine pistols that were sealed inside blocks of acrylate. His work is never far from controversy. Sawing up a number of Mercedes cars into brooches, for instance, didn’t go down well with Mercedes. Nor did his work of art ‘The Pistol Saints’, that was exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. It was destroyed by order of the police, because it was alleged to be an illegal weapon.

During his time as artist-in-residence at the European Ceramic Work Centre in 2007, Ted investigated many new ceramic glazing techniques. Loath to incorporate this research into anything as mundane as a teapot or coffee cup and inspired by a trip to Japan, he resolved to employ it in a more memorable work of art, namely a typically-Noten series of dildos entitled Messin’ around with Willie.

Pump it UP! is a bone China dildo with a 24 carat gold-plated valve, representing either a highly intriguing and humorous object or an altogether more refined erotic accessory, promises to be one of Notens most collectible pieces yet.

Created exclusively for 20ltd, it is limited to only 20 editions.

  • No. of editions: 20
  • Delivery time: Immediate
  • Price: £2,460.00
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