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The Pink Glove Tea Set by Salvador Dali

The Pink Glove Tea Set by Salvador Dali. When Salvador Dali comes to stay why not have him design a pattern for a tea service. And why not?

Anyway the amazing Pink Glove tea set / tea service was commissioned from Royal Crown Derby by the poet, artist and patron of Surrealism, Edward James, for his extraordinary Surrealist house Monkton. Edward James has met Dali in 1935 and the pair became friends and on a visit with Edward James at his London home, they developed a number of ideas for surrealist objects and furniture.

In 1935 Salvador Dalí, arguably the most famous of the Surrealist artists at the time, met a kindred spirit in the British collector and poet Edward James. James was Britain’s most distinguished supporter of the Surrealist movement, and the pair struck up a deep friendship, with James becoming a collector of Dalí’s work. In 1936 Dalí stayed with James at his London home, where they developed a number of ideas for Surrealist objects and furniture. (from A Surrealist sofa by Salvador Dalí and Edward James)

Salvador Dali for Royal Crown Derby Pink Glove Plate circa 1938
Salvador Dali for Royal Crown Derby Pink Glove Plate circa 1938. Sold for £3,800 at Lyon & Turnbull in October 2020.

The visit led to the creation of several iconic pieces including the famous torso chest of drawers, the lobster telephone and the unforgettable Mae West Lips sofa. It also led to the creation of the Pink Glove tea set as it was mentioned in correspondence between Edward James and the decorating firm, Green and Abbott from 1938.

It is highly likely that Green & Abbott also adapted an original motif by Dali and supplied it to the manufactory for use on a standard porcelain service.

Much of the Edward James estate was dispersed in the 1980s and the Pink Glove tea set was sold at a sale of the Edward James Collection at Christies in 1986 and was acquired by the dealer John Jesse. Much of this collection was later bought by the Victoria and Albert Museum at the sale of his collection at Sotheby’s, New Bond Street on Wednesday 22 February 2006.

Pink Glove A Royal Crown Derby bone china teapot designed by Salvador Dali
Pink Glove A Royal Crown Derby bone china teapot designed by Salvador Dali. Sold for £1,900 at Batemans of Stamford in December 2021

Only a few pieces have made there way to auction with a Pink Glove teapot selling for £1,900 at Batemans of Stamford in December 2021, and a Pink Glove plate selling for £3,800 at Lyon & Turnbull in October 2020.

Related
The Pink Glove Collection at the V&A – links to the collection which has pieces referenced by the Museum as decorated with a blue ground and painted in enamels with pink gloved hands and trailing foliage.
A Surrealist sofa by Salvador Dalí and Edward James