Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dali's Tribes of Israel Bronze Medallion: "Joseph."

Dali's Tribes of Israel
Bronze Medallion:


The second I saw this medallion at auction, I knew it was destined to join my collection.

Not because of the Israel/Jewish reference (I have no connection to either), but because both the name and the date of its production are of special significance to me.

The medal is 5cm in diameter, and consists of about 80g of bronze.  A stamp on the rim identifies the maker as Medallic Art Co., N.Y. 

This medal is number 315.  I do not know how many sets of these medallions were produced.

Usually, one sees the Tribes of Israel medallions sold as complete sets in a number of competing editions most commonly in bronze and silver. 

In my experience, a single medal from a set like this is rarely sold by itself.  In fact, I can only remember seeing two sets of these round medallions in silver at auction over the past year, but none in bronze.

I have no other sales from which to approximate a value, but I think that I got mine for a great bargain: fewer than $30.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Les Caprices de Goya de Salvador Dali--Exhibition Catalog, Paris, 1977.

Les Caprices de Goya de Salvador Dali
Exhibition Catalog
Paris, 1977

This catalog was produced around the time of the first exhibition of the Dali original intaglio print suite titled Les Caprices de Goya (1977) at the Goya Museum in Castres, France.

All 80 original etchings are reproduced in this catalog, along with comments on each image by Luis Romero, translated to French from Spanish by Joelle Guyot and Robert Marrast.

All reproductions are in color and are printed individually per page.  They are done well.  I don't speak French, so I can't comment on the content of the comments for each image.

There is something odd about my copy of this catalog.  In two places, it appears that a previous owner removed something.

On the spine, just before "Paris 1977" it appears that someone cut out a small square from the surface of the paper.  I wonder what, if anything, was printed there.  Perhaps it was just a price tag?

On the inside title page at the very bottom, someone erased or rubbed out whatever was printed there.  The printing is only slightly visible, but I have no idea what it said.

It also seems that the surface paper has been rubbed from the very top of the front cover just above the lithograph. 

Perhaps someone out there with a copy of this catalog can clarify what was removed from these places on my catalog.

I have not seen another of these catalogs for sale, so it seems relatively rare as far as exhibition catalogs go.  I estimate the value of this book to be about $40.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

More Dali's Teatro Museo Figueras Inauguration Lithograph Posters (1974).

Dali's Teatro Museo Figueras
Inauguration Lithograph Poster (1974).

The search continues, now with three more posters recently added to my collection.  It appears that there were at least 20 different designs used to produce the lithograph posters for the Teatro Museo Figueras inauguration in September, 1974.  I now have five of them in my collection.  Here are the newest three.

The first features an image from the Twelve Tribes of Israel print suite (Field catalog #72-6, pp. 78-79) titled "Asher" (Aser).

Field notes that there were 3000 of these posters produced for the inauguration of the Teatre-Museu Dali de Figueras, suggesting that this poster is relatively common.

However, in my experience, this poster is quite uncommon.

The next image also comes from the Twelve Tribes of Israel print suite (Field catalog #72-6, pp. 78-79) titled "Dan."

It is quite a stunning image.  Notice Pegasus in the background.  Pegasus turns up in a number of Dali works from the early 1970's.  The crutch makes an appearance too--the only print in this suite to feature the crutch.

The final poster image also comes from the Twelve Tribes of Israel print suite (Field catalog #72-6, pp. 78-79) titled "Benjamin."  As with the Issachar poster, the full use of color over the entire image really frames the art within the poster layout.
Another relatively uncommon design.

Some people out there are trying to get hundreds of dollars for these posters.  Don't get suckered.  There's plenty out there for everybody at an affordable price.

I got each of these lithograph posters for fewer than $30 delivered.