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    Sale 11794

    Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

    23 June 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 269

    Man Ray (1890-1976)

    Le merveilleux

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Man Ray (1890-1976)
    Le merveilleux
    signed and dated 'Man Ray 63' (under the trap); with raised lettering 'LE MERVEILLEUX BTES.G.D.D.' (on top of the trap)
    mousetrap suspended in a wire-mesh cloche on card
    Diameter: 11 3/4 in. (30.5 cm.)
    Height : 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.)
    Executed in 1963; this work is unique


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    Provenance

    Vera & Arturo Schwarz collection, Milan, by 1971.
    Enrico Pedrini Collection, Genoa, and thence by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE ENRICO PEDRINI, GENOA


    Literature

    E. Gribaudo (ed.), Man Ray, Milan, 1973, no. 124, p. 31 (illustrated p. 127).
    Man Ray & J.-H. Martin, Man Ray, Objets de mon affection, Paris, 1983, no. 143, p. 155 (illustrated p. 117).
    A. Schwarz, Man Ray, The Rigour of Imagination, London, 1977, no. 360, p. 216 (illustrated p. 223).


    Exhibited

    Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Man Ray, September - November 1971, no. 198 (illustrated p. 91); this exhibition later travelled to Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, January - February 1972 and Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum, March - April 1972.
    Venice, Palazzo Fortuny, Man Ray, Cent'anni di libertà, 1890-1990, July - August 1990 (illustrated p. 99).