Mae West Lips Sofa
Artwork: Mae West Lips Sofa
Size: 77 x 205.7 x 96 cm
Medium: Red and green melton wool fabric upholstery with green wool applique and black wool fringing
Creation year: 1936
Category: Furnitures And Design
Artwork details : Conceived by Salvador Dali and Edward James in 1936 and executed by Green & Abbott in 1938 as one of a pair for the dining room at Monkton house, West Sussex
Provenance: Made for Edward James by Green & Abbott in 1938; Monkton House, West Dean Estate, West Sussex, until 1986, and then moved to West Dean House, West Sussex; The Edward James Foundation, West Dean, West Sussex; sale, Christie's, London, 15 December 2016, lot 30; Acquired at the previous sale
Exhibition history: The model exhibited: Brighton, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, A Surreal Life: Edward James, 1907-1984, April - July 1998; Venice, Palazzo Grassi, Dalí: The Centenary Retrospective, September 2004 - January 2005; this exhibition later travelled to Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, February - May 2005; London, Victoria & Albert Museum, Surreal Things, Surrealism and Design, March - July 2007; this exhibition later travelled to Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, September 2007 - January 2008; and Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum, March - September 2008. Edinburgh, National Galleries of Scotland, Surreal Encounters: Collecting the Marvellous, June - September 2016; this exhibition later travelled to Hamburg, Kunsthalle, October 2016 - January 2017; and Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, February - May 2017

Christie's London

Date: 2019-06-18
Lot Number: 20