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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SERGIO TOMASINELLI

Man Ray
DOMESTICATED EGG
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 8,125 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
40

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SERGIO TOMASINELLI

Man Ray
DOMESTICATED EGG
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 8,125 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Modernités : de Rodin à Soulages

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Man Ray
1890 - 1976
DOMESTICATED EGG
signed MR and numbered 7/9 on reverse
wood and metal rod
Length: 32,5 cm; 12 3/4  in.
Conceived in 1944-45 and executed in 1973 in an edition of 9 plus artist’s proofs (Galleria Il Fauno)
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Provenance

Luciano Anselmino, Galleria Il Fauno, Turin (acquired directly from the artist)
Galleria Tonin, Turin (Paolo Tonin)
Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1990

Literature

Man Ray, Oggetti d’affezione, Milan, 1970, no. 67, illustration of another example
Jean-Hubert Martin, Rosalind Krauss & Brigitte Hermann, Man Ray: Objets de mon affection, Sculptures et Objets, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1983, no. 79, illustration of the original p. 75

Catalogue Note

This object appears in Man Ray’s handmade album Objects of My Affection, assembled in 1944, with the following description: “No more improbable than preserved egg, but admittedly less edible.”

This unlikely combination of two objects, one a wooden replica of an egg from nature and the other a metal rod proposes sexual connotations, symbolising fertility. References to domestication remain up to the spectator’s imagination. Man Ray married Juliet in 1946, though never had children.

Modernités : de Rodin à Soulages

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Paris