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    Sale 7702

    Impressionist/Modern, Day Sale

    5 February 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 452

    Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)

    Eléphant du triomphe

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    Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)
    Eléphant du triomphe
    signed, numbered and stamped with the foundry mark 'Dali 3/8 CERA PERSA PERSEO SA MENDRISIO' (on the side of the base)
    bronze with green and brown patina and polished bronze
    Height: 104¼ in. (265 cm.)
    Conceived in 1975; this bronze version cast at a later date in a series of eight plus four EA and two EF


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    This sculpture is sold with a photo-certificate from Robert and Nicolas Descharnes.

    The elephant, Salvador Dalí's iconoclastic symbol of the future and one of his favourite images, is often depicted atop mosquito-like legs, emphasising the contrast between robustness and fragility, much like the contrast between the past and modernity. The animal's jewelled saddle symbolises wealth, and the dawn of a new era is announced by a flying angel, trumpeting success and prosperity. Dalí's elephant exemplifies every individual's hope for abundance and good fortune in the future.

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    Literature

    R. & N. Descharnes, Dalí: The Hard and the Soft, Sculptures & Objects, Paris, 2004, no. 651 (another cast illustrated p. 253).