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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION, SWITZERLAND

Salvador Dalí
CHEVAL AVEC LA MONTRE MOLLE
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION, SWITZERLAND

Salvador Dalí
CHEVAL AVEC LA MONTRE MOLLE
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 334,000 USD
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Salvador Dalí
1904 - 1989
CHEVAL AVEC LA MONTRE MOLLE
Inscribed Dalí, numbered 2/8 and stamped with the foundry mark Cera persa/ Perseo/ SA/ Mendrisio
Bronze
Height: 55 1/2 in.
141 cm
Conceived and first cast in 1980; this example cast at a later date by the Perseo foundry in a numbered edition of 8 plus 4 artist's proofs. 
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The late Robert Descharnes has kindly confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Literature

La Mirada de un Genio Dalí (exhibition catalogue), Oviedo, 1998, illustration of another cast p. 253
The Dalí Universe (exhibition catalogue), London, County Hall Gallery, 2000, illustration
of another cast  pp. 48 - 49
Dalí: A Journey into Fantasy (exhibition catalogue), China Millennium Monument, 2002,
illustration of another cast
Robert & Nicolas Descharnes, Dalí: The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures &
Objects, Catalogue Raisonée of Dalí Sculpture
, Paris, 2004, ref. 650, illustration of
another cast p. 252
Dalí (exhbition catalogue), Seoul, Seoul Arts Center, 2004, illustration of another cast pp. 44-45
Salvador Dalí in Shanghai (exhibition catalogue), Shanghai, The Shanghai Art Museum,
2009, illustration of another cast pp. 62-63
Beniamino Levi, et al., Dalí in the Third Dimension, The Stratton Foundation
Collection, Turin, 2010, illustration of another cast pp. 82-83
Awaken your imagination in Bahrain (exhibition catalogue),
Dubai, Opera Gallery, 2011, illustration of another cast p. 19
Dalí, Mind of a Genius
(exhibition catalogue), Singapore, Art Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands, 2011, illustration of another cast p. 73
Dalí, Mind of Genius (exhibition catalogue), Taipei, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial
The Dalí Universe (exhibition catalogue), Florence, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, 2013, illustration of another cast pp. 38-39

Catalogue Note

Cheval avec la montre molle was created in 1980 when Dalí was well into his seventies, though despite his advancing years he remained prolific in his output. As Robert and Nicolas Descharnes note, sculpture had been an important medium for Dalí throughout his long career: “consistently throughout his life, Salvador Dalí sculpted, modeled, and transformed works into three dimensions. All the same, they are not the works of a traditional sculptor with a single scheme but linked at different levels to the origins of their creation or the function that Dalí assigned to them” (Robert & Nicolas Descharnes, Dalí: the Hard and the Soft, Spells for the Magic of Form (Sculptures and Objects), New York, 2004, p. 11).

Dalí’s works are full of recurrent symbols which refer to the artist’s own personal mythology. Horses began consistently appearing in his works from the 1930s onwards. The present work is evocative of Dali’s exploration of Cervantes’s Don Quixote; an especially provocative theme as he began depictions of the knight during the tumult of the Spanish Civil War. In the present work, the riderless horse is saddled with an emblem immediately recognizable as being from Dalí's personal iconography: the melting clock. The motif made its first appearance in his seminal 1931 painting, Persistence of Memory. While its imagery can be related to man’s complete lack of control over the passage of time, Dalí remained enigmatic whenever asked to explain the meaning. He wrote: “rest assured, the famous soft clocks are merely the soft, crazy, lonely, paranoid-critical Camembert of time and space” (Salvador Dalí, Conquest of the Irrational, New York, 1935).

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