Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Salvador Dali Original Engraving: "Pegasus in Flight with an Angel" (1970).

Salvador Dali Original Engraving:
"Pegasus in Flight with an Angel" (1970)

This original engraving is listed in the Field catalog as #70-3 and is limited to 1,000 prints (250 on Arches, signed; 1,000 in blue signed only in plate; total: 1,250).

As you can see, this engraving features some typical Dalinian imagery: sparse landscape with perspective lines, several objects with long shadows, a horse, cypress trees, etc.  I think the blue ink makes the image pop more than if it were done in black.

This print is on unidentified paper with no watermark, and measures about 11" x 14 7/8".  The image itself is about 10 3/8" x 8 1/8". 

Clearly this print suffers from mat burn.  The Kulicke frame and matte probably date to the 1970's, when this print was produced.  I have seen others of this same print in the same silver frame, so the frame may be original to the print.  Too bad an acid-free mat wasn't used back then.  What were they thinking?

Still, this is a beautiful and rare Dali engraving.  One seldom sees this print for sale, and the few that are currently up for auction are listed for extravagant prices--up to $500.  At that price, it's not selling.  A more reasonable price for this work is in the range of $175.


Anonymous said...

Are you selling this work?

Dali Collector said...

It just arrived in my collection, so I wasn't planning on it.

Anonymous said...

This print was originally offered as a free promotion to join a club called Fine Arts 260, which offered signed lithographs in editions of 260, by mail. I think the deal was that if you joined and bought a lithograph, this was included for no extra charge. The one I received is in the same silver frame.

Kevin said...

Hello, in your description you mention that there were 250 copies produced on ARCHES, signed. Does this refer to those 250 copies being engraved on Arches watermarked paper? Would there be anything else unique about these 250 over the 1000 other than the paper? Also, would these 250 be more valuable than the other 1000?

Thanks you


Dali Collector said...

As stated, 250 are HAND SIGNED (in pencil). The other 1000 are signed in the plate (not pencil signed). Yes, a hand signed print would be more valuable because of the signature and because it is limited to a number less than the plate signed prints.

Anonymous said...

Thanks - I have one of these, plate signed - bought it at an antique shop 15 years ago. I probably wouldn't have noticed it, except that a college roommate of mine's family had one. We had it in our apartment for a year or so (on loan). At least now I know the name and date of it.