Plantes Carnivores, 1954

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Plantes Carnivores1954enamel paint on artists’ board20 x 20 cmsigned ‘Dalí’ (centre left)

Maurice Duchin, New York, 1954
Private collection, USA
Thence by descent

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Nicolas R. & Olivier M. Descharnes, dated 14.06.17 (no. d5808)

This design was commissioned from Dalí in 1954 by Maurice Duchin, a businessman and collector of the artist's work. The full commission was for a series of six tile designs for which Duchin paid the artist $5,000. He passed the designs to ADEX, the leading Spanish manufacturer of ceramics to be made into tiles. The tiles were sold to collectors through Macy's, selling at $1.98 each or $10.00 for six.

As Macy's advertisement in the New York Times declared 'Dalí ... yes, Salvador Dalí ... designs decorative tiles for Duchin and only Macy's has them. From the flamboyant colors to the famous Dalí signature emblazoned on every one, these are the surreal-iest tiles we've ever seen. ... You'll be thrilled with every Salvador Dalí tile you buy. ... Tomorrow's heirlooms today by Salvador Dalí.'

A letter from Dalí's wife Gala to Duchin dated 12 June 1954, now in the Duchin archive, records that the artist had original intended to call this design Enigma, perhaps a little too obtuse for the Macy's marketing department.