Lot 460
  • 460

Andy Warhol

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
Sold
162,500 USD
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Description

  • Andy Warhol
  • Ceiling Light
  • painted Fleming Joffe
  • hand-painted glass, lacquered metal
  • 32 in. (81.3 cm) drop
    15 1/4  in. (38.7 cm) diameter of shade

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist, circa 1960

Catalogue Note

Before Andy Warhol emerged into the New York arts scene to eventually achieve international recognition for his reprinted Pop works, he had already developed a notably successful career as a graphic designer and illustrator throughout the 1950s.  In 1957, Warhol approached Arthur and Teddy Edelman with his portfolio at their leather goods store, Fleming-Joffe. The couple became immediately enamored with both Warhol’s work and his personality; in Teddy’s succinct words, “He walked in, we loved his work, and we hired him.”

Over the following years through 1964, Warhol took charge of the company’s visual identity and fashioned designs that engaged with Fleming-Joffe’s distinctive use of tanned and dyed reptile skins. Animals such as snakes, alligators, and lizards often appeared in his works in the form of anthropomorphic cartoons that represented the different leathers for sale, taking on a cheeky tome that matched the droll wit of their creator. The present lights appeared alongside the magazine advertisements, interiors, and other materials that Warhol created to promote the Edelmans’ brand and, today, sustain their legacy.

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