SALVADOR DALÍ (1904-1989) Plantes Carnivores 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in (20 x 20 cm) (Painted in 1954)
Lot 18
SALVADOR DALÍ
(1904-1989)
Plantes Carnivores 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in (20 x 20 cm)
Sold for US$ 67,500 inc. premium

Impressionist & Modern Art

17 May 2017, 17:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
SALVADOR DALÍ (1904-1989) Plantes Carnivores 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in (20 x 20 cm) (Painted in 1954) SALVADOR DALÍ (1904-1989) Plantes Carnivores 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in (20 x 20 cm) (Painted in 1954) SALVADOR DALÍ (1904-1989) Plantes Carnivores 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in (20 x 20 cm) (Painted in 1954)
SALVADOR DALÍ (1904-1989)
Plantes Carnivores
signed 'Dalí' (center left)
enamel paint on artists' board
7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in (20 x 20 cm)
Painted in 1954

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Commissioned from the artist by Maurice Duchin, New York, 1954.
    By descent from the above to the present owner.

    This design was commissioned from Dalí in 1954 by Maurice Duchin, a businessman and collector of the artist's work. The full commission was for a series of six tile designs for which Duchin paid the artist $5,000. He passed the designs to ADEX, the leading Spanish manufacturer of ceramics to be made into tiles. The tiles were sold to collectors through Macy's, selling at $1.98 each or $10.00 for six.

    As Macy's advertisement in the New York Times declared 'Dali ... yes, Salvador Dali ... designs decorative tiles for Duchin and only Macy's has them. From the flamboyant colors to the famous Dali signature emblazoned on every one, these are the surreal-iest tiles we've ever seen. ... You'll be thrilled with every Salvador Dali tile you buy. ... Tomorrow's heirlooms today by Salvador Dali.'

    A letter from Dalí's wife Gala to Duchin dated 12 June 1954, now in the Duchin archive, records that the artist had original intended to call this design Enigma, perhaps a little too obtuse for the Macy's marketing department.
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