Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989) Lady Godiva avec papillons 167cm (65 3/4 in) high

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Lot 24* AR W
Salvador Dali
(Spanish, 1904-1989)
Lady Godiva avec papillons

Sold for £ 302,500 (US$ 378,167) inc. premium
Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989)
Lady Godiva avec papillons
inscribed 'Dalí', stamped with the foundry mark 'Cera Persa/Perseo SA/Mendrisio' and numbered '1/8' (on the base)
bronze with brown and gold patina
167cm (65 3/4 in) high
Conceived in 1976 and first cast in 1984. This version was cast at a later date by the Perseo foundry in a numbered edition of 8 plus 4 épreuves d'artiste and 2 épreuves de fonderie

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Important Private Collection, Switzerland.

    Exhibited
    Pommard, Chateau de Pommard, Open Air Exhibition, 2009 (another cast exhibited).
    Shanghai, The Shanghai Art Museum, Salvador Dalí in Shanghai, 2009 (another cast exhibited).
    London, Modern Masters Gallery, 2010 (another cast exhibited).
    Cannes, Galeries Bartoux, 2010 (another cast exhibited).
    Singapore, ArtScience Museum, Dalí: Mind of a Genius, 2011 (another cast exhibited).
    Taipei, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Dalí: Mind of a Genius, 2012 (another cast exhibited).
    Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Dalí: Mind of a Genius, 2012-2013 (another cast exhibited)
    Florence, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, The Dalí Universe Florence, 2013 (another cast exhibited).
    Lugano, Imago Art Gallery, Tra Sogno e Realtà, 2013–2014 (another cast exhibited).

    Literature
    R. & N. Descharnes, Dalí: The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures & Objects, catalogue raisonné of Dalí sculpture, Paris, 2004, no. 640, p. 248 (another cast illustrated p. 249).
    Salvador Dalí in Shanghai, exh. cat., Shanghai, The Shanghai Art Museum, 2009, pp. 130-131 (another cast illustrated).
    B. Levi, et al., Dalí in the Third Dimension, The Stratton Foundation Collection, Turin, 2010, pp. 84–87 (another cast illustrated).
    Dalí: Mind of a Genius, exh. cat., Singapore, ArtScience Museum, 2011 (another cast illustrated p. 25).
    Dalí: Mind of a Genius, exh. cat., Taipei, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, 2012, pp. 36-37 (another cast illustrated).
    The Dalí Universe Florence, exh. cat., Florence, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, 2013, pp. 40-41 (another cast illustrated).
    Tra Sogno e Realtà, exh. cat., Lugano, Imago Art Gallery, 2013 (another cast illustrated p. 38).

    Dalí, the great Surrealist master, selected the image of Lady Godiva as one of his favourites and pays homage to her sensuous and shapely female form through the conception of this sculpture. Announcing her arrival, butterflies not only hover around her and her noble steed, but also adorn her body as she plays her trumpet. Lady Godiva embodies earthly beauty, whereas the butterflies depict the ethereal otherworld.
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