Salvador Dali (1904-1989, Spanish). A rare and important one-of-a-kind object / sculpture. Untitled, known as Le Pain et le Vin (The Bread and the Wine). Created in 18K gold by Salvador Dali, year of work; conceived 1965, casting 1970. On the underside, the plaque is engraved Dali - Sterle, Oeuvre Originale, Le 1er Mars 1970, Sterle Joillier, 364, Rue St. Honore, Paris. Illustrated on page 89, plate 208 of Robert & Nicolas Descharnes, "Dali" Sculptures & Objects, The Hard and the Soft. The piece is formed by a stylized turtle (in the form of a bread bun) mounted by two wading birds interlinked and propped with spatula like beaks and wings, enameled in applique a jour. The nails and the beak are in enamels and surround a lozenged block of rock crystal. The eyes and nails are polychrome enameled. The butterfly wings are in translucent enamel and the birds shoulder two stylized scrolls, one decorated with a seahorse. Mounted as lamps, the beaks and wings hide electric bulbs (with original cord and 110 volt connecting plug). The front of the turtle is signed Dali. Measures 22.5" x 15.75" x 7" (57 x 40 x 17.8 centimeters). Weighs approximately 15.5 pounds (7 kilos).
CONDITION NOTE: one butterfly wing detached, separating the electric wire, thus disconnecting one side portion of lights. The rock crystal is a bit cloudy.
PROVENANCE: Former collection of Mafalda Davis (1914-2009). Sale 10/10/1997, Lot 123 Bonduelle-Lancry, France, Mafalda Davis Collection. Private estate collection by descent.PAYMENT INFORMATION: For invoices $10,000 or higher we require certified funds or bank wire transfer.