20th century. "Mae West Lips" sofa in Surrealist and Pop Art style in the form of a large pair of lips upholstered in deep red velvet fabric after the original by Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989). Dali designed the chair in 1938 for his English patron/benefactor Edward James in collaboration with well-regarded interior designer Jean-Michel Frank (French, 1895-1941). Height 33.75", length 70", seat depth 23", seat to floor 16". Note: The lips of sex symbol and film star Mae West were the inspiration for this titillating piece of furniture in the late 1930s. The later pop culture of the 1960s and 1970s took the motif which resulted in varying designs--all are usually in red or pink and are also often called "Marilyn" lips (after the iconic actress Marilyn Monroe).
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