Beehive (Thimble Forest), 1943-48
Signed inside lid: Joseph Cornell
3-1/2 inches high, 7-1/2 inches diameter
Mrs. Doris Starrels, Los Angeles
Copley Gallery, Beverly Hills
Comédies et Proverbes (Le petit de crac), circa 1948
Wood box construction with printed paper collage, velvet, glass, and metal hardware
9-1/2 x 8 x 4-1/4 inches (24.1 x 20.3 x 10.8 cm.)
Les Trois Mousquetaires, circa 1948
box construction with printed paper, glass, and velvet boxes,
11-1/4 x 9-9/16 x 6-1/16 inches (28.6 x 24.3 x 15.4 cm.)
Mr. Charles Heilemann, New York City
Les Eaux d'Egypte, circa 1939-1941
1-7/8 by 4-1/4 (diameter) inches (4.8 by 10.8 cm.)
Xavier Fourcade, Inc.
Joseph Cornell (December 24, 1903 – December 29, 1972) was an American artist and film maker, one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage. Influenced by the Surrealists, he was also an avant-garde experimental filmmaker. He was largely self-taught in his artistic efforts, and improvised his own original style incorporating cast-off and discarded artifacts. He lived most of his life in relative physical isolation, caring for his mother and his disabled brother at home, but remained aware of and in contact with other contemporary artists.