Spanish | 1967


A bisque porcelain compote decorated with snakes and swans; incised Dali, inscribed 'no. 798 specially designed by Salvador Dali (1904-89) and made by Teissonniere-Limoges for Air-India' to base. The piece is composed of a shell-shaped centre with a serpent twined around its perimeter supported by two surrealist elephant-heads and a swan.


Based on Dali´s double-image effect, the master explains: "The reflection of an elephant´s head looks like a swan and the reflection of a swan appears to be an elephant. This is what I have done for the ashtray. The swan up-side-down becomes an elephant´s head and the elephant inverted - a swan". Air India contracted Salvador Dali to make these for their first class passengers; Dali asked for a baby elephant as payment.


Height 8.5cm  x  Diameter 18cm