Salvador Dali - Cutlery Set comprised of six pieces - 1957
Fourchette 4 dents à manche poisson (Four teeth fork with a fish handle), silver-gilt with sapphire eyes, inscribed Dali, dated 1957, and numbered 4/99. (7 3/8 in.; 18.8 cm.)
Fourchette-éléphant 3 dents (Elephant fork with three teeth), silver-gilt with ruby eyes, inscribed Dali, dated 1957 and numbered 4/99. (7 1/2 in.; 19 cm.)
Couteau escargot aux larmes (Snail knife with tears), silver-gilt with four rock crystal pendants, inscribed Dali, dated 1957, and numbered 4/99. (8 in.; 20.3 cm.)
Couteau feuille (leaf knife), silver gilt, inscribed Dali, dated 1957, and numbered 4/99. (8 3/4 in.; 22.3 cm.)
Petite cuillère-artichaut (small artichoke spoon) and Cuillère-artichaut (artichoke spoon), silver-gilt with enameled artichoke leaf and polychrome, each inscribed Dali, dated 1957, and numbered 5/99. (4 5/8 in.; 11.8 cm. and 7 3/4 in.; 19.9 cm.)
Each inscribed, dated and numbered
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Good overall condition. Some light wear to gilding, particularly at the ends of the handles, tip of knives and prongs of the forks. Light oxidation marks throughout and more visible on the Elephant fork head. One crystal pendant appears to be missing on the snail knife.
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Robert & Nicolas Descharnes, Dali, The Hard and the Soft, Spells for the Magic of Form, Sculptures & Objects, Paris, 2004, nos. 202, 206 & 207, illustrated p. 88
Long Island, New York, Nassau County Museum of Art, Surrealism, 2007