Grayson Perry

Restituted British Head, 2019

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Lot 79
Ceramic head, glazed with platinum lustre, stamped decoration, porcelain teeth, pebbles, found iron objects, coins, bottle caps and beads
20.0 x 18.0 cm (7.9 x 7.1 in)
Stamped with Grayson's potter's mark: a ‘W’ above an anchor


This work ships from London, GB.


Working in traditional materials such as ceramics, bronze, cast iron, printmaking and tapestry, Perry douses the classical with the contemporary, the orthodox with the inelegant, using the art forms to ask questions of society, its narratives and obsessions. Issues such as identity, gender, class, religion and sexuality are explored with humour as well as ire.

Perry's 2008 skull Head of a Fallen Giant was a nostalgic observation on the changing face of Britain, encrusted with representations of Britain, such as the union flag, and the routemaster bus. Restituted British Head is richly-decorated in much the same way, with some similar maritime and nationalist iconography, and asks inevitable questions about Britishness, coming at this particular moment in British history.

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About Grayson Perry

English ceramicist and filmmaker, born 1960