Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989) Mannequin Javanais 17.2cm (6 3/4in) high
Lot 58*AR
Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989) Mannequin Javanais 20.5 x 32.1 x 15.1cm (8 1/16 x 12 5/8 x 5 15/16in) maximum dimensions, including base
Sold for £9,375 (US$ 15,308) inc. premium

Lot Details
Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989) Mannequin Javanais 17.2cm (6 3/4in) high
Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Mannequin Javanais
signed and numbered 'Dalí 8/8' (to the base)
bronze
20.5 x 32.1 x 15.1cm (8 1/16 x 12 5/8 x 5 15/16in) maximum dimensions, including base
Conceived in 1969 and cast in an edition of 8 plus 4 épreuves d'artiste

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 1 April 1982, lot 368.
    Purchased from the above by the present owner.

    LITERATURE
    R. and N. Descharnes, Dalí, The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures and Objects, Paris, 2004, no.319 (another version illustrated p.127).

    This work relates closely to Dalí's 1934 painting of the same name, which is on loan from the Morse Charitable Trust to the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. According to Descharnes, A. Reynolds Morse saw this painting as a revitalisation of the concepts that Picasso had first explored using bones and skeletons: 'like de Chirico and all the surrealists, Dalí was enthralled with the strange life of mannequins. This assembly of a human half-body and a sort of thoracic cage of the ribs of a boat appears already in [Dalí's] Imperial Monument to the Woman-child'. This 1929 composition features the same figure in the lower right, kneeling before the monument in tribute to the artist's wife-to-be Gala, whom he met in that year (R. and N. Descharnes, Dalí, The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures and Objects, Paris, 2004, p.127).
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