‘Tête de femme’ table lamp

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  • Provenance

    Jay Spectre, Connecticut, acquired directly from Diego Giacometti, 1980
    Sotheby’s, New York, 'The Jay Spectre Collection: Works of Art and Furniture by Alberto and Diego Giacometti', 18 May 1990, lot 259
    Acquired from the above by A. Alfred Taubman, Michigan
    Sotheby's, New York, 'The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman: Modern & Contemporary Art', 5 November 2015, lot 211
    Acquired from above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Peter Carlsen, 'Virtuosity, Reclaiming a Modern Classic in Connecticut', Architectural Digest, February 1985, illustrated p. 64
    Michel Butor, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1985, p. 59
    Françoise Francisci, Diego Giacometti: Catalogue de l’œuvre, Volume I, Paris, 1986, pp. 26-27
    Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, pp. 11, 35
    Diego Giacometti, Möbel und Objekte aus Bronze, exh. cat., Museum Bellrive, 1988, Zurich, p. 30
    Christian Boutonnet and Rafael Ortiz, Diego Giacometti, exh. cat., L'Arc en Seine, Paris, 2003, p. 35
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: un décorateur dans le Paris des années 30, Paris, 2009, p. 122

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is registered by the Fondation Alberto and Annette Giacometti in the online Alberto Giacometti Database (AGD) under the number AGD 3498.

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‘Tête de femme’ table lamp

designed circa 1934, later cast
Patinated bronze, paper shade.
Height of cast: 50.8 cm (20 in.), including shade: 74.3 cm (29 1/4 in.) high, 48.3 cm (19 in.) diameter
Reverse impressed AG 17 and with partial artist’s signature metti. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Giacometti.

Estimate
£120,000 - 180,000 

sold for £125,000

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta e Costa
Head of Sale
+44 20 7318 4019

Important Design

London Auction 26 April 2018