Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mae West: Unique Sofa

There’s only one MAE WEST. However, five Mae West Lips Sofas were made, all in 1938. One particular version of the sofa was altered by Edward James from the other versions to make it an integral part of the decoration of Monkton House and to fit with his vision for a Surrealist interior. Let’s read about this battle royal to keep this special Mae West Lips Sofa in the United Kingdom. This is Part 1 of 3.
• • Dali’s Mae West Lips Sofa at risk of leaving the UK • •
• • Arts Minister steps in to prevent iconic sofa from export • •
• • Arts Minister John Glen has placed a temporary export bar on Mae West Lips Sofa, by Salvador Dalí and Edward James, to provide an opportunity to keep it in the country.
• • The sofa is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £480,281.56 plus VAT.
• • One of the most instantly recognisable pieces of furniture of the 20th century, the sofa was also a collaboration between Dalí, one of the century’s most important and influential artists and James, a key figure in the international recognition and promotion of Surrealism.
• • The decorative elements of the sofa correspond to the decoration of the interior of Monkton House, West Sussex, which was originally designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1902 for Edward James’s parents. As part of his renovation of the interior of the House in the mid-1930s, James was assisted by architects Christopher ‘Kit’ Nicholson and Hugh Casson, as well as decorator Norris Wakefield. …
• • To be continued tomorrow, on May 17.
• • Source: Arts Minister John Glen; published on Friday, 17 November 2017.
• • On Thursday, 16 May 1946 • •
• • The stage play "Ring Twice Tonight" opened in Long Beach, California on Thursday, 16 May 1946 before moving forward on its cross-country tour. The title was changed and became "Come On Up."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's favorite Chinese restaurant was Man Fook Low in Market Chinatown, one of the first places to feature the dumplings we now know as dim sum.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I've been things and seen places." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Geoffrey Macnab wrote: Amy Schumer is a likeable and irreverent comedienne — — a modern American cinema’s answer to Mae West. But somehow her films are never as funny as you want them to be. . . .
• • Source: Review in The Independent; published on Wednesday, 2 May 2018   
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3960th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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