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Picasso, Warhol, Balthus…Prince Charles

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Is this about design or painting or what? No matter, because it’s interesting any way you look at it. From the site BarKeeper, which Alissa usually reads religiously because she likes finding exciting new ways to make Irish Car Bombs, we learned that Prince Charles has been chosen to design this next year’s label for the Chateu Mouton-Rothschild bottles. Ordinarily, you’d see this as a publicity stunt, which surely it is, but it’s also kind of a big one, given the wine’s label legacy:

The Prince — a well-known watercolourist who delights in capturing rural scenes around the royal residences of Balmoral, Sandringham and other retreats both at home and abroad — now adds his name to a list which includes Braque, Picasso, Miro, Chagall, Henry Moore, Warhol, Francis Bacon and Balthus.

…The chateau is famous for its labels, which since 1945 have each year been designed by a different contemporary artist. The tradition began with the iconic 1945 ‘V’ for Victory bottle designed by Philippe Jullian. All are exhibited in the wine museum located at the Pauillac estate.

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