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Mouton Rothschild artist labels
June 27, 2008 11:04 AM   Subscribe

Since 1945, one of the great wineries of the world, Château Mouton Rothschild, has commissioned great painters, sculptors, and artists to illustrate their wine labels.

Artists from Picasso to Warhol to Prince Charles have contributed a painting to the labels. The link ends at 2004, but the 2005 label was done by Italian sculpter Guiseppe Penone; I'm not sure about the 2006 label as it is still a young wine.
posted by mattbucher (13 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Neat. Any company with brass ones (and purses) big enough to hire Francis Bacon to design their advertising makes me happy. Sadly, I can't afford any of these, and will have to spend the evening enjoying the art of Ralph Steadman instead.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 11:21 AM on June 27, 2008


Since 1945, one of the great wineries of the world, Château Mouton Rothschild, has commissioned great painters, sculptors, and artists and Prince Charles for some reason to illustrate their wine labels.
posted by shmegegge at 11:26 AM on June 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


I've always liked John Huston's contribution.

I'd never seen Chagall's before. Lovely! Thanks for this link.
posted by dersins at 11:27 AM on June 27, 2008


Very nice! I always enjoyed looking at them in wine stores, even though I could never afford them.
posted by languagehat at 11:28 AM on June 27, 2008


Any company with brass ones (and purses) big enough to hire Francis Bacon...

Not to mention the incredible security they must have to prevent the secret of time travel leaking out. I just hope they didn't step on any butterflies.
posted by DU at 11:31 AM on June 27, 2008


Not to mention the incredible security they must have to prevent the secret of time travel leaking out.

I think you are confusing the painter with the philosopher.
posted by mattbucher at 11:46 AM on June 27, 2008


If you're interested, here is languagehat's story about the 1828 Mouton.

There's a 1936 Mouton at the center (or end) of a John Updike short story called "Friends in Philadelphia."
posted by mattbucher at 11:49 AM on June 27, 2008


I'm most partial to the Motherwell, probably in non-label work as well. Cool stuff!
posted by dirtdirt at 11:56 AM on June 27, 2008


If you're interested, here is languagehat's story about the 1828 Mouton.

There's a lot of goodness in that thread, thanks for the link.
posted by peeedro at 12:14 PM on June 27, 2008


There's a lot of goodness in that thread

That's for damn sure. Gillian Clark's little rant (the link in the FPP) is gold.
posted by dersins at 2:03 PM on June 27, 2008


here is languagehat's story about the 1828 Mouton.

Wow, thanks—I'd completely forgotten about that!
posted by languagehat at 2:26 PM on June 27, 2008


schmegegge, well Prince Charles might not be a *great* artist, but he certainly qualifies to be considered an artist, as he is well known for his watercolors, and I guess you could make the excuse that he is therefore a *famous* artist. Plus, I'm guessing he spends on bundle on wine.

The Balthus one will get you arrested in 47 states.

At any rate, really nice post.
posted by nax at 3:23 PM on June 27, 2008


...and Prince Charles for some reason

Article about it in the IHT.
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So how did she line up Prince Charles?

He met the first criterion. "I'm fond of him, as far as I can be for someone I don't know well," she said. "I wouldn't have wanted a painting from someone I didn't like."

There was an encounter in 2004 during which she mentioned that if he were interested, he could do a label. "And then we dropped it," she said.

Until 2005, when, she explained, "I was taken to London by Mrs. Chirac." That would be Bernadette Chirac, the wife of the French president.

And there he was again. "He said, 'Let me send you one of my awful watercolors,'" the baroness said. "They arrived. They weren't awful."
posted by junesix at 4:25 PM on June 27, 2008


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