David Shrigley designed a limited edition work for a jeroboam of Blanc de Blancs. A collector’s item, each of these 30 coffrets is numbered and signed by the artist himself. Concealing the iconic Blanc de Blancs cuvée, it also serves as a champagne bucket for an elevated tasting experience.
As part of his carte blanche, David Shrigley designed a limited edition creative artwork for a jeroboam of Blanc de Blancs: the very emblem of Ruinart’s exquisite taste. Each of these 30 boxes is numbered and signed by the artist. It is embellished with a draughtboard, referencing one of the drawings the artist created for Maison Ruinart.
A collector's item, this limited edition box contains a jeroboam, the design of which has been reinterpreted by David Shrigley. This is the first time an artist has worked directly on the emblematic Ruinart bottle, the shape of which is inherited from the 18th century.
The coffret also has a functional purpose, by metamorphosing into a champagne bucket for an elevated tasting experience.
Concealing the bottle, the black-and-white motif contains statements that are characteristic of David Shrigley's work. They use humour to reveal the hidden side of champagne production, the savoir-faire, and the relationship with nature— aspects that marked the artist during his visits to Reims and the vineyards.
He cleverly brings opposites together to underline their complementarity in producing the cuvées: sun and rain, bees and worms, humans and micro-organisms, air and soil. They respond to each other: a succession of mysterious, covert actions that intermingle inside the bottle.
David Shrigley decided on a jeroboam size because of its outstanding ability to preserve the wine.
As the ratio of oxygen to volume of wine in a jeroboam is divided by four, compared to a conventional bottle, the wine ages less quickly and expresses more complexity, freshness, and aromatic variety. Champagne in a jeroboam develops also more mature aromas (toast, roasted almonds) and a fuller body, which gives it a silkier character.
The cellar longevity for these large sizes is particularly good.
The composure of the Brit in fact masks a wildly caustic artist, who looks at the modern world with much mischief. David Shrigley casts an eye on his surroundings with incomparable irony. He deploys rudimentary illustrations paired with absurd yet irrevocable sentences. He challenges and warns his audience, using humour— from the naive to noir.
Completely devoid of exclusionary intellectualism, the finesse of his work transports his audience to unexpected places. Always turning the obvious on its head, he is a provocateur: he never takes himself seriously, but still strives to open our eyes.
At Maison Ruinart, he ambled through the vineyards, explored the cellars, observed the expressions and gestures of those who work there. With his sharp gaze, he sheds new light on the Maison’s heritage and savoir-faire, revealing its singularity. Through 42 artworks, David Shrigley takes viewers on an enlightening yet playful journey of champagne production.