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White Aphrodisiac Telephone

Salvador Dalí (in 1936)

The British collector Edward James not only had many paintings and drawings by his hero Dalí, but he also asked him to design objects for use in his home. One of them was this famous telephone with a lobster receiver - a creepy fantasy that did not exactly make taking a call or ringing someone up a more enjoyable experience.


Title White Aphrodisiac Telephone
Material and technique Telephone, plaster, paint and cord
Object type Telephone
Location This object is on view in room 04
Dimensions (general) Width : 15 cm
Height : 20 cm
Length : 32 cm
Makers Artist: Salvador Dalí
Accession number BEK 1676 (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1995
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 01-04-1995
Age maker About 32 years old
Collector Collector / Edward James
Exhibitions Een paraplu, een naaimachine en een ontleedtafel. Surrealisme à la Dalí in Rotterdam. (2013)
Gek van surrealisme (2017)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
Material Plaster > Mineral > Minerals and stones > Inorganic material > Material > Material and technique
Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Rope > Cord > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Telephone > Forms of information and communication > Utensil
Geographical origin Spain > Southern Europe > Europe

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