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Meret Oppenheim Furniture

Meret Oppenheim (Switzerland, 1913–85)

Though the fame of the sculptor and painter Meret Oppenheim stems mainly from a single work of art, that one was a doozy. Known as Object, the enduringly disconcerting fur-covered teacup, saucer and spoon that Oppenheim created in 1936 remains the one of the most notorious works to spawn from the Surrealist art movement.


Born in Germany and raised in Basel, Switzerland, Oppenheim was encouraged to pursue art by her maternal grandmother, a writer and illustrator. Oppenheim moved to Paris to attend art school in 1932. There, she met the sculptor (and fellow Swiss native) Alberto Giacometti, who introduced her to Man Ray, Max Ernst and André Breton, the founder of the Surrealist movement. Within a year, Oppenheim was exhibiting her paintings with the Surrealists, the first female artist to do so. Object, the story goes, was born of a lunchtime chat that Oppenheim had with Pablo Picasso and his muse Dora Maar one afternoon in 1936. The Spanish-born artist admired an unusual fur-lined bracelet that Oppenheim wore, and she replied that anything could be covered fur, “even this cup and saucer!” Her imagination fired, Oppenheim bought some china and a swatch of Chinese gazelle fur. When it was exhibited in New York, Object was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art — the first work of art by a woman acquired by the institution.


Another Oppenheim piece has become an icon of the art-as-design genre, a category that has currency among art collectors: the Traccia table, a side table with a gold- or silver-leafed wooden top, incised with the shapes of two bird-claw impressions, and a cast-bronze base in the form of stork legs. The Traccia — from the Italian for “track,” as in animal track — was created for the 1939 opening of art dealer Leo Castelli’s first gallery, on the Place Vendôme in Paris. The maker Simon International began producing versions of the Traccia in 1970, and the piece is now made by Cassina. Examples are typically priced between $6,300 and $8,500, depending on condition. As striking and amusing today as when it first appeared, the Traccia is an always-suave addition to a modern art and design collection and a tribute to the humor and ingenuity of a groundbreaking 20th-century artist.

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Traccia Table by Meret Oppenheim
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Dronten, NL
Pedestal table "Traccia" by the Swiss designer Meret Oppenheim, Simon edition, Cassina. Serial production of the original 1939 Surrealist model. Lacquered wooden top with 24-karat ...
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1920s Italian Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

Traccia Table, 1939-1978 by Meret Oppenheim
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This "Traccia" table is an original Ultramobile collection (SIMON) edition reproduction of original 1939 Surrealist model with impressed bird prints on its top surface. Dino Gavina (...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Brass

Gold Leaf 'Traccia' Table by Meret Oppenheim
By Studio Simon, Meret Oppenheim
Located in London, GB
A surrealist piece of furniture designed by Meret Oppenheim in 1929. This table has been re-gilded in gold leaf. Also available is a glass top that has been cut to size which all...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

Table ’Traccia’ by Meret Oppenheim for Simon Gavina, Italy, 1972
By Studio Simon, Meret Oppenheim
Located in Echt, NL
Original ’Traccia’ table in very good condition. Designed by Meret Oppenheim Produced by Studio Simon’s Collezione Ultramobili, Milan, 1972 The tabletop is covered in gold leaf a...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Brass, Gold Leaf

"Traccia" Gueridon Table by Meret Oppenheim for Simon Gavina
By Simon Gavina Editions, Meret Oppenheim
Located in Stamford, CT
A table designed by Surrealist artist Meret Oppenheim for Simon Gavina. The 'Traccia' table has bronze bird form legs with oval gold leafed top with incised a two bird foot prints in...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Wood

Meret Oppenheim Traccia Oval Table Bird’s Feet original Simon Label, Italy, 1972
By Simon by Design d’Autore, Meret Oppenheim
Located in Paris, FR
The Traccia coffee table is an icon of Italian design. Its elliptical top is covered in pure gold leaf, and two fantastical birds are impressed on its surface. The underside is pai...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

"Traccia" Bronze and Gold-Leaf Italian Table by Meret Oppenheim for Simon Gavina
By Simon Gavina Editions, Meret Oppenheim
Located in Madrid, ES
A beautil and iconic Italian Side Table Mod. "Traccia" designed by Meret Oppenheim in 1936, edited by Simon Gavina. Composed of oval shape table top made of wood and covered with go...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

Meret Oppenheim 'Traccia' Table, Studio Simon, Italy, circa 1972
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in London, GB
Meret Oppenheim 'Traccia' table produced for Studio Simon's Collezione Ultramobili , Dino Gavina, Milan, circa 1972. The tabletop is in gold leaf with the characteristic bird track...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Brass, Gold Leaf

'Traccia' Table by Meret Oppenheim
By Cassina, Meret Oppenheim
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Meret Oppenheim 'Traccia' table, Italy, Circa 1972. Méret Oppenheim for Cassina. Bronze base with oval gold leaf and wood top. Bird foot imprints on the top. Measures: 26.5" W x ...
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20th Century Italian Post-Modern Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze

White Gold "Traccia" Table by Meret Oppenheim
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Dronten, NL
Pedestal table "Traccia" by the Swiss designer Meret Oppenheim, Simon edition, Cassina. Serial production of the original 1939 Surrealist model. Lacquered wooden top with 24-karat w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze

Rare Lithograph "Zwei, Sich Küssend" by Meret Oppenheim, 1961
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Houston, TX
Rare color lithograph Zwei, Sich Küssend by Surrealist artist Méret Oppenheim. Limited edition of 11, signed by pencil with artist's initials M.O and year 1961. Méret Oppenhe...
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1960s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Paper

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