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Leda Armchair, Sculpture Inspired by Salvador Dali “Femme á la téte rose” 1935

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Taken from “Femme á la téte rose,” 1935 (Woman with a head of roses). It was sufficient for this sculpture to be made as a three dimensional piece, remaining faithful to every detail in Dali’s painting. Dali affirmed: "A chair can be used even to sit on, but only on one condition: That we sit uncomfortably." We can sit on the Leda, but due to the fact that it only has three legs and that the chair is heavy, it being made of solid brass, is more a work of art than a functional piece of furniture. In 2009 we commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the death of Salvador Dali and BD wished to add its special homage by producing a special limited edition of his fantastic furniture collection. All the finishing’s are based on black, with aged black patina on the casted brass, black marquina marble for the famous egg, darkened gold leaf and dyed lime wood satin in black for the upholstery and lingerie chiffon, also black for the lamp shades. Refined materials and handcrafted manufacturing to bring up to date a furniture collection that BD has sold exclusively all-over the world since the 1990s, guaranteed by The Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation responsible for the painter’s rights. The black label collection came to market in a limited edition of 105 pieces (the age of Dali in 2009). "When we chose projects for furniture from the ideas with which Dali had filled his note pad for his work with Jean-Michel Frank, we had to imagine the colours which Salvador would have chosen to make his single-colour drawings and we did so remembering the preferences and obsessions of the maestro (gold, Carmin Schiaparelli). The furniture was really very much in Dali style, but difficult to combine in not absolutely surrealistic interiors. When we made a Leda chair with aged black patina for a special set-up and observed the enthusiastic reaction of the professionals, we were convinced that these crazy objects would look much less controversial in a decor if they were dyed black. From my extensive work with the Maestro I feel that this collection would meet his approval and I am absolutely sure that Gala would prefer it to the multicolor." Oscar Tusquets. All pieces of ironwork in this collection are made of brass. The Black Label Leda collection has an artisanal application of a special patina (metal dissolved in nitric acid) which is applied to a lightly heated surface accomplished with a gas blow torch. The reaction caused results in an irregular dark finish. Structure in polished cast brass varnish or black patina without varnish (Black label, price upon request).

Details

  • Creator
    BD Barcelona Design (Manufacturer),Salvador Dalí­ (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36.23 in. (92 cm)Width: 23.63 in. (60 cm)Depth: 18.51 in. (47 cm)Seat Height: 19.3 in. (49 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2016
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Current Production)
  • Estimated Production Time
    7-8 weeks
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU163924352863

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    Ships From: Barcelona, Spain
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About the Artist

Salvador Dalí­

Instantly recognizable by his waxed, upturned mustache, the flamboyant Salvador Dalí is one of modern art’s most distinctive figures. He is also one of the icons of the 20-century avant-garde Surrealist movement, whose dreamlike images, drawn from the depths of the unconscious, he deployed in paintings, sculptures, prints and fashion, as well as in film collaborations with Luis Buñuel and Alfred Hitchcock.

Dalí was born in Figueres, Catalonia, and even as a youngster, displayed the sensitivity, sharp perception and vivid imagination that would later define his artworks. In these, he conjured childhood memories and employed religious symbols and Freudian imagery like staircases, keys and dripping candles to create unexpected, often shocking pieces.

Dalí's use of hyperrealism in conveying Surrealist symbols and concepts that subvert accepted notions of reality is epitomized in what is perhaps his most recognizable painting, The Persistence of Memory (1931), in which he depicts the fluidity of time through melting clocks, their forms inspired by Camembert cheese melting in the sun. His artistic genius, eccentric personality and eternal quest for fame made him a global celebrity.

“Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure,” he once said. “That of being Salvador Dalí.”

Find original Salvador Dalí paintings, prints, sculptures and other works on 1stDibs.

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Located in Brooklyn, NY

Founded in 2015 by Patrizio Chiarparini, this New York furniture gallery is a precious resource for interior designers, architects and collectors. Chiarparini takes a curatorial approach, informed by a well-honed fashion and design sensibility, to selecting the distinctive pieces from master artisans, groundbreaking contemporary designers and iconic brands that Duplex offers to its clients.

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