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Apollonia Poilâne’s Surrealist, Dali-inspired Sourdough Bread “Paindelabra” shipped to you from Paris

Own a piece of art history and celebrate Paris’s most famous baking dynasty with Apollonia Poilâne’s surrealist bread candelabra!

All bids from this auction are donations to buildOn.

About the cause

buildOn has been uniting people worldwide through service and education since 1991.

Our programs are designed to build solidarity through civic engagement, create equitable socio-economic opportunities, and support sustainable social development.

We U.S. mobilize high school students from marginalized communities across six cities to transform their neighborhoods and themselves through service learning programs. Globally, we partner with communities in eight of the world’s economically poorest countries to construct schools, bring children back to school, and support adult learners through its Adult Literacy Program.

About the reward

Own a piece of art history and celebrate Paris’s most famous baking dynasty with Apollonia Poilâne’s surrealist bread candelabra! 

As CEO of her family’s world-renowned bakery Poilâne, Apollonia created this surrealist piece as an homage to her father’s collaboration with Salvador Dali. “The candelabra is inspired by two things: the shape of Dali’s mustache and typical Poilâne themes,” she says. It playfully echoes the style of the bread chandelier her father Lionel made for Dali in 1974, a replica of which hangs in Poilâne’s Paris store today.

This one-of-one candle holder is more than just a trophy for the winning bidder. Apollonia has been featured in The New Yorker and is a bestselling author in her own right. The Paindelabra will hold 3 candles, and it will include a signed creator’s sketch of the piece. 

Like all fragile handmade art pieces, special care will be taken in shipping, and the piece should be treated carefully. The bread components have been varnished to increase the longevity of the candelabra. It will arrive disassembled, with each individual bread component wrapped carefully for shipping from Paris. The winning bidder will receive instructions on how to assemble, use, and care for the candelabra.

Established in 1932 by Apollonia’s grandfather Pierre, Poilâne is the most famous bakery in the world. Every day, people from all over the world visit their shops. In a world that’s in too much of a hurry, Poilâne endures because of its unsurpassed devotion to bread craft. 

Bread is life, and bread is art. This is a one of a kind work, a rare opportunity to own something with provenance and magic.

Shipping and other important information

  • Bidder also receives Apollonia’s sketch, signed. 
  • Shipping: This item ships to the US only. Because this is a fragile piece of art, the flat-rate for shipping is $150, which the winning bidder is responsible for paying after the auction ends.
  • Taxes: The recipient is responsible for any applicable taxes, duties, or fees associated with the receipt or use of this item.
  • Buyer’s Premium: There are no additional hammer fees or buyer’s premiums applied to this auction.

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Reasons for this may include a lack of fit with the high bidder, or failure by the high bidder to honor these terms and conditions. In this case, the prize will be offered to the next highest bidder.

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