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Porca Miseria (1994)

Ingo Maurer

light - exploding dinner service

Manchester Art Gallery



Craft, Furniture


Porcelain, Stainless steel

Physical Object Description:

Welded central steel frame with steel wire bars radiating outwards, each attached with small steel disc and glue to piece of stainless steel cutlery or shards of broken porcelain. Cutlery pieces (knives, forks and spoons) stamped with 'SOLA' and logo. White glazed porcelain shards (pieces of dinner and coffee service) have delicate moulded rococco-style pattern. Tubular steel stem to top with 2 nuts, secured to travelling crate by long bolt. 2 rows of 3 x 60 watt Halopin clear G9 bulbs in middle of frame, 1 x 250 watt Halolux T E27 frosted bulb below. Voltage / output 110V / 610W. Metal-coated electrical flex protrudes from top.


135 x 110 x 110 cm

Accession Number:



Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society with funds from the Arts Council Lottery Fund, the Corporate Patrons of Manchester City Galleries and the Crafts Council, 2005

Ownership history:

Purchased from Ingo Maurer GmbH, Munich-Schwabing by the Contemporary Art Society through its Special Collection Scheme, with Lottery funding from Arts Council England, and support from the Corporate Patrons of Manchester City Galleries and the Crafts Council, 18 March 2005; presented to Manchester Art Gallery, 2004/05



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