A Surreal Legacy

Sale 13765

A Surreal Legacy – Selected works of art from The Edward James Foundation, Christie’s London, King Street, London SW1, 15 December 2016,

 Lot 10 Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) and Edward James (1907-1984) Lobster Telephone (white aphrodisiac) white Bakelite telephone and white plaster lobster Length: 12 ½ in. (31.7 cm.) Conceived by Salvador Dalí in 1936; commissioned by Edward James from Green & Abbott in 1938 in an edition of eleven, four red and seven white. Estimate GBP 150,000 - GBP 250,000 (USD 186,450 - USD 310,750) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

Lot 10
Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) and Edward James (1907-1984)
Lobster Telephone (white aphrodisiac)
white Bakelite telephone and white plaster lobster
Length: 12 ½ in. (31.7 cm.)
Conceived by Salvador Dalí in 1936; commissioned by Edward James from Green & Abbott in 1938 in an edition of eleven, four red and seven white.
Estimate GBP 150,000 – GBP 250,000 (USD 186,450 – USD 310,750)
© Christie’s Images Limited 2016

Edward James (1907-1984) was a notable patron and art collector and one who particularly embraced Surrealism and indeed transformed Monkton House on the West Dean estate into a Surrealist-inspired home.  It was an interest that first started when he lived in Paris as a young man and he became a patron and close friend of artists and writers such as Paul Éluard, André Breton René Magritte and Salvador Dalí. The latter said of him “Edward is as insanely relentless as myself”.  He was also a patron of the Russian Neo-Romanticist Pavel Tchelitchew and James built up a large collection of his works and some of these are in this sale.

Edward James, circa late 1920s © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

Edward James, circa late 1920s
© Christie’s Images Limited 2016

As well as the Surrealist works there is a mixture of pieces from West Dean House that reflects the taste and lifestyle of its various owners, including James’s father.  They are being sold to continue the work of the Edward James Foundation which is based at West Dean.

Lot 20 Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957) The Concert signed and dated 'P Tchelitchew 33' (lower left) oil on canvas 35 x 45¾ in. (89.5 x 116. 3 cm.) Painted in 1933 Estimate GBP 250,000 - GBP 350,000 (USD 310,750 - USD 435,050) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

Lot 20
Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957)
The Concert
signed and dated ‘P Tchelitchew 33’ (lower left)
oil on canvas
35 x 45¾ in. (89.5 x 116. 3 cm.)
Painted in 1933
Estimate GBP 250,000 – GBP 350,000 (USD 310,750 – USD 435,050)
© Christie’s Images Limited 2016

Christie’s UK Chairman, Orlando Rock says: “Edward James was touched by genius – and the inspirational Surrealist fantasies that he created at Monkton and elsewhere are testimony to his visionary patronage. This eclectic auction embraces the contrasting and pioneering tastes of several generations of this Anglo-American family and will raise funds to safeguard the future of the educational Foundation at West Dean, through which Edward James sought to secure future generations of artistic creativity.”

Lot 30 Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) and Edward James (1907-1984) Mae West Lips Sofa wood carcass upholstered in red and green Melton wool fabric with green appliqué and black wool fringing Length: 81 in. (205.7 cm.) Height: 30 ¼ in. (77 cm.) Depth: 37 ¾ in. (96 cm.) Conceived by Salvador Dalí and Edward James in 1936, and executed by Green & Abbott in 1938 as one of a pair for the dining room at Monkton House. Estimate GBP 250,000 - GBP 400,000 (USD 310,750 - USD 497,200) © Christie’s Images Limited 2016

Lot 30
Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) and Edward James (1907-1984)
Mae West Lips Sofa
wood carcass upholstered in red and green Melton wool fabric with green appliqué and black wool fringing
Length: 81 in. (205.7 cm.)
Height: 30 ¼ in. (77 cm.)
Depth: 37 ¾ in. (96 cm.)
Conceived by Salvador Dalí and Edward James in 1936, and executed by Green & Abbott in 1938 as one of a pair for the dining room at Monkton House.
Estimate GBP 250,000 – GBP 400,000 (USD 310,750 – USD 497,200)
© Christie’s Images Limited 2016

www.christies.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s