Alberto Giacometti - Design Masters New York Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Edmond Bomsel, France
    Galerie L’Arc en Seine, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2007

  • Literature

    Roger Lannes, “Exégèse poétique de Jean-Michel Frank,” Art et Décoration, 1939 p. 6.
    Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Adolphe Chanaux, Paris, 1997, p. 167
    Christian Boutonnet and Rafael Ortiz, Diego Giacometti, exh. cat., Galerie l'Arc en Seine, Paris, 2003, p. 44
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: The Strange and Subtle Luxury of the Parisian Haute-Monde in the Art Deco Period, New York, 2006, pp. 44, 346

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lamp was originally designed by Alberto Giacometti circa 1937 for Jean-Michel Frank and was sold in the latter's shop on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris. The design reflects the artist and designer’s shared interest in classical forms. The 1930s examples were produced in large and small sizes and cast in plaster. From 1948, Alberto Giacometti cast both sizes of the model in bronze for his dealer Pierre Matisse and for the Compagnie des Arts Français, which at that time was under the direction of Jacques Adnet.

    The present lot has been authenticated by the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti and is registered in the Alberto Giacometti Database, the online catalogue of authentic works by the artist, as number AGD 2997.



Rare “Greek” table lamp, small model

designed circa 1937, cast circa 1948
Patinated bronze, paper shade.
22 5/8 in. (57.5 cm) overall, 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm) height of cast
Base impressed with AG 01.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $218,500

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Design Masters

New York Auction 16 December 2014 6pm