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Handpainted Vinyl Toy Boxes
Bertrand Charlot, France


This limited series of hand painted polychrome toy boxes represents a bridge between the technical vocabulary of the contemporary toy and the sculptural 'objet de vertu' produced by 15th century goldsmiths. Betrand’s work straddles the line between pop culture and the traditional art object.

Bertrand chases images of heroic figures, urban mythology and fantasy creatures. The cacophony of elaborate bas-relief imagery brings to mind the beautiful stylized Art Deco friezes in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center as well as Faberge’s famous eggs.