Salvador Dalí, ‘Les Colombes’, ca. 1954, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Salvador Dalí, ‘Les Colombes’, ca. 1954, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

There was a major sale of the works of Salvador Dali held by the French auction house Artcuriel in June 2003. Included within that sale were 6 watercolours and goaches on paper which were the designs for these tiles. These are noted as such and all had certificates from the Dali expert, Robert Descharnes.
In the 1950’s Valencian tile manufacturer, ADEX, was commissioned by Maurice Dupin to produce a series of six ceramic tiles made from designs by Salvador Dali based on his original paintings. Duchin, a businessman, had bought these paintings in New York in 1950. It was planned that the tiles would be sold to art collectors and also used as ornaments for small tables. No doubt this was all done with the permission of the artist whose signature is on all or most of these. The titles of the works were as follows:

    1. Le baiser en feu/The kiss of fire
  • Les Guitars/The guitars
  • Le soleil vegetal/The Sunflower
  • L’etoile de mer/The Starfish
  • Les Colombes/The Dove
  • Les Flechettes/The Dart theme)

Signature: not signed

Manufacturer: Adex

"The Intransigeant" (Paris Press on Friday 8 May 1970). This was a leading article on the series.

About Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was a leading proponent of Surrealism, the 20-century avant-garde movement that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious through strange, dream-like imagery. “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision,” he said. Dalí is specially credited with the innovation of “paranoia-criticism,” a philosophy of art making he defined as “irrational understanding based on the interpretive-critical association of delirious phenomena.” In addition to meticulously painting fantastic compositions, such as The Accommodations of Desire (1929) and the melting clocks in his famed The Persistence of Memory (1931), Dalí was a prolific writer and early filmmaker, and cultivated an eccentric public persona with his flamboyant mustache, pet ocelot, and outlandish behavior and quips. “Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure,” he once said. “That of being Salvador Dalí.”

Spanish, 1904-1989, Figueres, Spain