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Digital Media Bank ID: 27178
Original Filename: dmas_da300594_d01.jpg
Description: Mae West's Lips sofa, Green & Abbott; Salvador Dali; Edward James, c.1938
Categories: Timeline/ 1930s, Collections/ Decorative Art  

Copyright & Re-use

Credit Line: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
Licence: CC BY-SA
Caption: Mae West's Lips sofa, Green & Abbott; Salvador Dali; Edward James, c.1938

Object or Artwork info

Type (of Object or Artwork): Sofa
Title (of Artwork / Object): Mae West's Lips
Creator (of Artwork / Object): Green & Abbott; Salvador Dali; Edward James
Date Created (of Object / Artwork): c1936
Description (Object or Artwork): The Mae West's Lips sofa was designed by Salvador Dali with Edward James around 1938, and made by Green & Abbott. It has a wooden carcase, upholstered in felted, woven wool fabric. Dali had first painted The Face of Mae West (usable as a Surrealist Apartment), in 1934. From May 1936, Edward James, Dali's patron and close friend at the time, collaborated with him on designing 'paranoiac-critical' interiors, furniture and objects, incongruously assembled, such as the Lobster Telephone. James was instrumental in having Mae West's lips made as a sofa, which has become a twentieth century icon. In the 1960s it was re-interpreted as the lips of Marilyn Monroe.
Subject tags:
decorative art
Other Keywords: Mae West, sofa, Dali

File info

Media: Image
Size: 1.43 MB; 1860 x 1387 pixels; 157 x 117 mm (print at 300 DPI); 492 x 367 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
Orientation: Landscape

Administrative info

Linked Accession no.: DA300594