FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, Find a purpose for the pocket, 1969 [signed]

FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, Find a purpose for the pocket, 1969
ca 37 x 13,5 cm
canvas shaped pocket
unlimited edition
stamp signed, dated
condition: good, slightly discoloured
published by Vice-Versand, Remscheid, Germany
€ 1.450,- + € 18,- Track & Trace registered mail
inv. FEWal 27

Here the older and smaller version with stamped signature and date is shown. Franz Erhard Walther began making objects (…the work as a tool…) of fabric that invite the viewer to become active. Here a loop sewn onto the verso enables one to wear this triangle shaped pocket on a belt.

There are two versions: one with stamped signature and dated ’69 and one without. Apparently at some point not all editions were stamp signed and dated.
This work may be found with various titles like ‘Find a reason for this pocket’ or ‘Find a purpose for the bag’. In 1969 Wolfgang Feelisch advertised the multiple as “Find a purpose for the pocket”.

‘Multiple: Segeltuch in Dunkelgrün, genäht zu einer trapezförmigen Tasche mit Lasche, unlimitierte Edition; ca. 37 x 14 cm. Edition des Vice-Versandes. Schneider V 43; dort fälschlicherweise als “stempelsigniert” angegeben.’
From website dd 26 march 2024 of Artax Kunsthandel, Düsseldorf, Germany

History of prices:, US$ 1,800.- 19 August 2021 (stamp signed), US$ 1,800.- 16 April 2020 (stamp signed)
Van Ham Kunstauktionen, Cologne, Germany € 400,- (hammer price) 24 October 2019 (stamp signed)
Karl & Faber, Munich, Germany € 500,- (excl. VAT) 6 December 2018 (stamp signed)
Grisebach, Berlin, Germany € 400,- (hammer price) 29 November 2014 (stamp signed)