Sale: 380 / Modern Art, June 04. 2011 in Munich Lot 114

 
Salvador Dalí - Space Elephant


 
114
Salvador DalÝ
Space Elephant, 1981.
Bronze
Estimate:
€ 12,000 / $ 14,040
Sold:
€ 15,000 / $ 17.550

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Bronze with black green patina, partly polished. With removable plexiglass obelisk. On marble base
Cf. Descharnes 631. With name in right as well as with number 224/350 and foundry mark "Venturi Arte" on back (below obelisk). With stamp "Camblest" und der Datierung "1981" between front legs. 90 x 13,5 x 45 cm (35,4 x 5,3 x 17,7 in), without marble baseBase: 4 x 21,9 x 40 cm (1,6 x 8,6 x 15,7 in).
The four bowl on the plate, the plate itself at the plexiglass obelisk and the tusks are made of brass.

The elephant bearing an obelisk which DalÝ borrowed from the celebrated Bernini sculpture in Rome, surfaces for the first time in the 1946 painting ‘La Tentation de Saint Antoine’ and would later resurface in a frequent variations primarily as symbolic sculpture. The disproportionately elongated legs, which contrast grotesquely with the heavy body of the elephant, are the attractive new feature of DalÝ’s creation. He did the painting as his contribution to a Surrealist competition on the theme of the Temptation of St Antony, which Max Ernst won. To DalÝ, the thin-legged elephant carrying an obelisk would come to symbolise aspiring to a different sphere unencumbered by earthly gravity. The mixture of materials he used, which was intended to enhance the expressive content of his sculpture, represents a reversion to the sculpture he did at the turn of the century. [DB].

114
Salvador DalÝ
Space Elephant, 1981.
Bronze
Estimate:
€ 12,000 / $ 14,040
Sold:
€ 15,000 / $ 17.550

(incl. 25% surcharge)