A coffee table featuring a lithograph by surrealist artist Salvador Dali is to go under the hammer at Halls Fine Art on May 7th, 2023
An extraordinary coffee table with a link to Salvador Dali will be auctioned at Halls Fine Art next month - and it has a rather creepy hidden secret.
Shrewsbury and Dali have already made national headlines this week - with the Dali Universe sculptures taking centre stage in the Shrewsbury Arts Trail this summer.
Now, Halls Fine Art is thrilled to reveal an unexpected extra dimension to the unique table, which features a lithograph by the Spanish surrealist artist and will go under the hammer in the Modern and Contemporary Art Auction on May 7th.
Abigail Molenaar, one of the senior modern and contemporary art valuers at Halls, explained: "When the lithograph is viewed in conjunction with the mirror tube placed in just the right position, a clear image of a skull emerges. Reminiscent of Dali's dreamlike and often eerie style, this unexpected revelation adds a touch of surrealism to the already unique piece of furniture."
Titled 'Le Crane', the limited edition lithograph, signed in pencil by Dali, is part of the 'Anamorphoses' series and numbered 62 of 300. It is set into a custom-made coffee table that comes complete with an original mirror-polished steel tube.
"This piece presents a rare opportunity for art collectors and enthusiasts to own a unique creation by one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century," Abigail adds.
Salvador Dali, born in Catalonia, Spain in 1904, was a prominent figure in the surrealist movement of the early 20th century. He joined the Surrealist Group in 1929 and went on to become a leading light of the movement, known for his imaginative and thought-provoking artworks. The lithograph featured in the coffee table was designed by Dali in 1972, showcasing his continued fascination with the concept of anamorphosis, a technique that distorts images to reveal hidden meanings.
The Salvador Dali coffee table, complete with the 'Le Crane' lithograph and original mirror tube, is expected to achieve a price of over £600 when it goes under the hammer at Halls Fine Art on May 7th, 2023.
For more information, please visit the Halls Fine Art website or contact their offices directly.
The Modern and Contemporary Art Auction also includes an authentic original Dali etching 'Cervantes' created in 1966, stunning collection of early 20th century art, including works by Pablo Picasso, Grayson Perry OBE, Charles White (Welsh School 1928-1997), Geoffrey Key, work by the Newlyn School, Donald McIntyre, Arthur Cyril Hilton and many more.