This noteable acquistion was consigned to Sothebys by YE OLDE TIMEKEEPERS and quickly became one of the most important timepiece discoveries in the past decade in Modern Art Form watches to hit the global market.
The present piece is made by Salvador DalÌ, 1904 – 1989 entitled the “THE EYE OF TIME”. Inscribed DalÌ (on the dial) This extremely rare timepiece is made from Platinum, diamond, ruby and blue enamel brooch with a mechanical Movado watch movement. The Length is 2 3/4 in.; 7 cm and it was Conceived in 1949 and executed before 1951 by the jewelers Alemany & Ertman, New York. The Provenance of this piece originated with Alemany & Ertman, New York, and then was preserved in Private Collection in Italy when acquired in the early 1950s. YE OLDE TIMEKEEPERS Acquired this piece from the above private collection in 2013.
The crowning glory of this ensemble of 39 jewels, which DalÌ created between 1941 and 1970, is undoubtedly The Eye of Time. Originally conceived in 1949 as a gift for his wife Gala, The Eye of Time plays on the themes and myths that obsessed the artistís thoughts and incorporates two of the most iconic DalÌ symbols: the eye and the clock. Surrounded by rows of pavÈ-set diamonds and set in platinum with a cabochon ruby, the eye’s pupil is made of three shades of blue enamel and brilliantly doubles as the face of a working Movado movement. DalÌ entrusted the making of his jewels to the illustrious New York jewelers Alemany and Ertman, who made a limited number of pieces after the artistís original designs and under his strict observation. There are three known examples of The Eye of Time, including one in a prominent European Royal collection, another which was formerly in the collection of The Owen Cheatham Foundation and which is now on permanent display at the FundaciÛ Gala-Salvador DalÌ in Figueres, and the present work. “To history, [the DalÌ jewels] will prove that objects of pure beauty, without utility but executed marvelously, were appreciated
in a time when the primary emphasis appeared to be upon the utilitarian and the material. [They] were not conceived to rest soullessly in steel vaults. They were created to please the eye, uplift the spirit, stir the imagination and express convictions.” óSalvador DalÌ A self-styled ìRenaissance Man,î Salvador DalÌís talents stretched far beyond his extraordinary gifts as a painter and draughtsman; his expansive artistic repertoire also included film, sculpture, poetry, photography and theatre, often in collaboration with other artists. DalÌís exquisite jewels, however, capture the attention and imagination like nothing else. A triumph of technical virtuosity and spectacular visual pyrotechnics, they embody the “love of everything that is gilded and excessive” of the man whose name AndrÈ Breton turned into the anagram “Avida Dollars.îThis example has been featured in numerous literature:
Literature Linda Livingston, ed., DalÌ, A Study of his Art-in-Jewels, The Collection of the Owen Cheatham Foundation, Greenwich, 1959, p. 46, illustration in color of another example on the cover & fig. XIX RamÛn GÛmez de la Serna, DalÌ, New York, 1979, illustration of another example p. 234 & in color p. 125 Robert Descharnes, Salvador DalÌ. The Work, The Man, New York, 1984, illustration in color of another examplep. 352 Barbara Cartlidge, Twentieth-Century Jewelry, New York, 1985, no. 93, illustration in color of another example on the cover & p. 72 Robert Descharnes & Gilles Neret, Salvador DalÌ 1904-1989, The Paintings: 1904-1946, vol.I, Cologne, 1994, no. 762, illustration in color of another example p. 338 Center for Dalinian Studies, Gala-Salvador DalÌ Foundation, ed., DalÌ, Jewels-Joyas, The Collection of the Gala-Salvador DalÌ Foundation, Figueres, 2001, illustration in color of another example pp. 37-39 Center for Dalinian Studies, Gala-Salvador DalÌ Foundation, ed., DalÌ Jewels, The Collection of the Gala-Salvador DalÌ Foundation, Barcelona, 2011, no. 7, illustration in color of another example on the cover & pp. 10 & 47