A striking limited edition pate de verre glass study of Dali's famous melting clock. The stunning deep blue glass clock draped over a gilt bronze coat hanger with golden numerals and clock hands, Signed Dali & Daum numbered and dated
One of the most famous Salvador Dali sculptures, “Montre Molles”, is at the forefront of surrealism. It comes from the well-known painting “The Persistence of Memory”, more commonly known as the “Soft Watches”. The watches question us on the insignificance of time, while confronting the hardness and softness of forms. Dali was inspired during a dinner, by the sight of a melting camembert cheese on a tray.
Height: 54 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Pate de Verre Glass & Gilt Bronze
Dali Melting Clocks
Everyone is familiar with Salvador Dali's iconic melting clocks, but most people don't know the symbolism and meaning behind them. Dali's most famous painting "Persistence of Memory" features these dripping clocks, but what do they mean? Dali has said that while he was painting time had no influence on him. This could relate to his depictions of the clock being loose, as if time is not relevant or fixed.
Much has been made of these melting pocket watches, and rightfully so—they are unique to Salvador Dali’s work, and are the most memorable objects in this painting. When asked about them, Dali simply said they were inspired by melting cheese, but looking at Dali’s work as a whole, we can see there’s a bit more to them than that.
In all of his Surrealist paintings, Dali played with expectations: we expect a watch to be solid, well-crafted, keeping perfect time with a resolute “tick, tick, tick” of the second hand marching inexorably onward. These timepieces, however, subvert that expectation. They are soft, pliable, and entirely un-watchlike. . . the one draped over the dead tree limb almost seems to be melting into itself, hands and numbers slowly dissolving into the face of the watch. If those hands were ever able to move in the past, they certainly don’t move any longer.
There is no doubt that time—or the concept of time, in this dreamlike place—is not functioning in a familiar, reliable way. And if time is unreliable, then what guarantees do we have that ANY element of this world acts in a logical fashion?
Pâte de Verre is a rare and ancient glassmaking technique, which dates back to 5000 bc (pieces have been found in the tombs of pharaohs).in 1900 Daum rediscovered this technique that had been long forgotten, then further developed it in 1968.
The process of melting glass coupled with the lost wax technique that Daum has developed, ensures a perfect reproduction of the original piece just as the artist had imagined it. today, Daum is the only glass maker in the world able to produce this exceptional material so perfectly. Pâte de Verre is a mutable substance, which has translated every whim of the imagination of the master glassmakers for over a century, in this way, no two pieces are identical, because the fragments of groisil blend and merge at will as the glass melts.
This mastery and constant research have resulted in world renowned masterpieces.
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