Dalí’s Mae West Lips settle at V&A
The definitive Salvador Dalí Surrealist piece Mae West Lips sofa has been acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum.
It was made jointly with Dalí’s patron, the English poet Edward James, based on a gouache drawn by Dalí in 1934-5 and was made in 1938.
James had five made, and this was one of pair designed specifically for James’s home, Monkton House in West Sussex.
It was sold by the Edward James Foundation in 2017 but an export stop by the government allowed the museum to match the sale price. It has been acquired with support from the Art Fund, theV&A members and a bequest from Derek Woodman.
Christopher Wilk, Keeper of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A https://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/section/furniture-and-woodwork, said: “This is one of the most beautiful and important examples of modern furniture ever produced” said Christopher Wilk, the V&A’s keeper of furniture. “Its provenance and the circumstances of its creation are exceptional in the annals of modern art and design in Britain.”