Dali Prints.

Salvador Dali Lithographic Reproduction:
"God of War" (Athena)

The origin of this image is The Mythology print suite of etchings and engravings (Field catalog #63-3P, pp. 24-25).  The print pictured here is a lithographic reproduction of the work titled "Athena." 

The Graphic Art Society COA attached to the backing board of this print identifies the title as "God of War."  The print is pencil numbered 9/500 which is also indicated on the COA.

The paper is an off-white cream color laid paper type (with a pattern of close parallel lines in one direction and wider-spaced parallel lines at right angles), measuring  15 3/16" x 10 15/16".  There is a "Hamilton Andorra" watermark on the bottom edge of the paper.  The print was easy to frame because the image fits within a standard mat opening of 10.5" x 13.5".


There is no indication of the year that this was produced, but the tape residue remaining on the print is sufficiently aged to indicate a vintage print.

There is absolutely no information about this print in the Field catalog or on the internet.  My gut tells me that it is probably an unauthorized print, and that it is not worth much.  Nevertheless, it's a pretty neat image, and it looks great on my wall.  It turns out to be an affordable alternative to an authentic limited edition Dali intaglio print.

I picked this vintage lithographic print up for fewer than $40.  Not likely to see another one of these any time soon.




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Dali Original Intaglio Restrike
"Cervantes"

This image comes from the suite of 5 original etchings titled Five Spanish Immortals (Field catalog #65-7(B), pp. 28-29).  The one in my collection is a Collector's Guild unlimited edition restrike characterized by the black ink and Dali's signature in the lower left corner of the plate (Restrike information in Field catalog on p. 236).

The etching seems to have been released in a wood frame with silver accents (pictured here) and a white or off-white matte.  On the back of the frame is a Collector's Guild COA.  This original frame and matte combination makes for an attractive package.

It is interesting to compare this package with the Don Quixote framed etching from the same series.  Both are in the exact same size and style frame, but the Don Quixote is about 50% heavier.  I believe the difference in weight is due to the different material used for the backing board.  The Don Quixote has a dense particle board wood backing, and the Cervantes has a softer, cardboard-like backing covered with brown paper.

More research is needed on this issue.  Perhaps this aspect can be used to assess relative order of prints from the unlimited edition.  If sturdier materials are found associated with this print, one hypothesis is that the move to lighter materials represents a switch to cheaper production costs in later runs.

There is no definitive information about how many of these unlimited restrikes were made, but they are very easy to find.  They generally sell for between $50 and $100 depending on the condition.

I was able to get this one in beautiful condition for fewer than $90.


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Salvador Dali Original Engraving:
"Pegasus in Flight with an Angel" (1970)

This original engraving is listed in the Field catalog as #70-3 and is limited to 1,000 prints (250 on Arches, signed; 1,000 in blue signed only in plate; total: 1,250).

As you can see, this engraving features some typical Dalinian imagery: sparse landscape with perspective lines, several objects with long shadows, a horse, cypress trees, etc.  I think the blue ink makes the image pop more than if it were done in black.

This print is on unidentified paper with no watermark, and measures about 11" x 14 7/8".  The image itself is about 10 3/8" x 8 1/8". 

Clearly this print suffers from mat burn.  The Kulicke frame and matte probably date to the 1970's, when this print was produced.  I have seen others of this same print in the same silver frame, so the frame may be original to the print.  Too bad an acid-free mat wasn't used back then.  What were they thinking?

Still, this is a beautiful and rare Dali engraving.  One seldom sees this print for sale, and the few that are currently up for auction are listed for extravagant prices--up to $500.  At that price, it's not selling.  A more reasonable price for this work is in the range of $175.


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Dali Original Intaglio Restrike
"Don Quixote"

This image comes from the suite of 5 original etchings titled Five Spanish Immortals (Field catalog #65-7(D), pp. 28-29).  The one in my collection is a Collector's Guild unlimited edition restrike characterized by the black ink and Dali's signature in the lower right corner of the plate (Restrike information in Field catalog on p. 236).

The etching seems to have been released in a wood frame with silver accents (pictured here) and a white or off-white matte.  On the back of the frame is a Collector's Guild COA.  This original frame and matte combination makes for an attractive package.

There is no definitive information about how many of these unlimited restrikes were made, but they are very easy to find.  They generally sell for between $50 and $100 depending on the condition.

I was able to get this one in beautiful condition for around $60.


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

The search is on!  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 two of them in my collection.

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

The colors on the large lithographic image are vivid and this is an attractive poster to add to your collection.

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

You can expect to pay about $25 for this poster on the low end.

This next poster features an image from the After 50 Years of Surrealism print suite (Field catalog #74-8, pp. 94-95) titled "Le Grand Inquisiteur chasse le serviteur" (The Grand Inquisitor expels the Savior).

The colors on the large lithographic image are more subdued than the one above, but it is still a captivating image.

Field notes that there were 300 of these posters produced for Teatro-Museu in Figueras, making this poster far more rare than the one above.

You can expect to pay about $45 for this poster.


Update 10/2/2011:

The search continues, now with three more posters recently added to 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. 





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Salvador Dali Original Engraving:
"Autumn" (1970)

Autumn (1970)
This second edition engraving is listed in the Field catalog as #70-2 and is limited to 1000 prints (first ed.: 150 in colors and signed, second ed.: 1000 in sanguine and signed in plate, total: 1150).

As with most art, it helps to see it in person to get the full effect.  This print is densely engraved and the lines are crisp, giving it a really sharp appearance.  It looks beautiful in sanguine.

My print is on BFK Rives paper (with watermark) that measures about 11.5" x 13.75".  The image itself measures about 8" x 10.5".

Notice that the image is not centered vertically on the paper.  It is set about 1" below the top paper edge and about 2" above the bottom paper edge.  This seems to be typical of examples of this print.

I have mounted it on acid-free backing with acid-free matting in this fine wood frame for fewer than $20.  The matting was a pre-cut size I found at the local craft store.  The color of the matting really complements the sanguine in the print.  It looks incredible!

This engraving is fairly easy to obtain in sanguine.  It typically sells for between $50-$90, as do most of the second edition or restrike etchings of Dali's.  It is rare to see a first edition in colors.  If you do, the sky's the limit on the price.  If authentic, it's very rare and signed by Dali himself.


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SIGNS of the ZODIAC by Dali
12 Color Lithographs
1969, Penn Prints

Once in a blue moon a rare Dali collectible comes your way and you just have to have it.  This set of 12 color lithographs is one of those rare items.

The complete set consists of the porfolio, a page describing the characteristics of each zodiac sign, and 12 color lithographs on heavyweight paper.  The litho paper is sized 14" x 18" with an effective image area of about 11 15/16" x 16".

This set is extremely rare in a complete and fine condition.  I recently saw a complete set in decent condition (but with soiling around the edges) sell for about $360.  However, more recently I saw a near mint set on auction for nearly $500, and it did not sell.

Like many collectibles, demand plays a big part in the overall value.  While this set may be extremely rare, the current market seems to dictate an average value of about $450 for a complete set.   Mint condition sets would obviously command a premium.

This value is far below the rate suggested when smaller lots of individual prints from this set sell separately.  I have seen lots of two or three prints from this set sell for as high as $40-$50 per print, suggesting a complete set could sell for as much as $600.

The few owners of this set of lithographs across the internet clearly place a higher value on this set; prices range to well over $1000.  Indeed, I might only sell my set for about that much, considering how difficult it was to obtain such a fine and complete set.


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Alice in Wonderland Poster:
The Queen's Croquet Ground (1969)
from original intaglio suite by Salvador Dali.

OK, so here's the deal: I got this poster of The Queen's Croquet Ground but I don't know anything about it. 

I do know that it's not one of the original limited edition signed/numbered prints from the Alice in Wonderland suite.  However, the poster appears vintage, and appears to be an offset lithograph print.

The Field catalog states that there are "posters" of this image (page 36), and it is my suspicion/hope that my poster is the kind referenced in the catalog.  Since no other information is provided in the catalog about the "posters," it is difficult to authenticate by myself.

As you can see, my poster lacks the black ink splotch across the queen card as seen in the original intaglio print.  Not sure if this means that my poster is a fake image.

For reference, the actual image size is about 13 1/4" by 17 1/8" and the paper size is about 14 3/16" by 18 1/4".  It fits perfectly in a 16" by 20" frame with 2" matting on all sides.

I have never seen another one of these for sale.  I hope that I will come across more answers about this poster in the near future.  Check back, because if additional information turns up, I will update this post.

The value of this Dali offset lithograph poster is difficult to determine at this point.  If it is an authentic Dali poster as identified in the Field catalog, I think it could easily be worth $100-$150.

If the poster is not authentic, it's worth about $5-$10.

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Update 1/28/11:  I made a trip to the craft store today and put together this rig for my lithograph, including frame, acid-free backing, and matting, all for under $13.  It hangs in my bedroom.  Dig it.


2 comments:

Magi Jolie said...

Hi. I just picked up a "Pegasus in Flight with an Angel" in the original Kulicke frame. Matt edges are a nice crispy brown, as you can imagine. Is it best to reframe it with archival matt, etc or just leave it to suffer in the original frame.

Dali Collector said...

The damage to the print is done, so it's not likely to get worse. A new mat cut closer to the print would cover the mat burn and bring new life to the print. If you like the original mat color for its vintage look, you can simply place the new mat below it (against the print) for a beveled appearance. As long as the two mats line up (even better if the new mat is cut closer to the print to cover the burn), the effect can be impressive.