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  • Provenance

    Jean-Paul Binet, acquired directly from the artist, circa 1960
    Galerie L'Arc en Seine, Paris
    Private collection, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 169
    Christian Boutonnet and Rafael Ortiz, Diego Giacometti, exh. cat., L'Arc en Seine, Paris, 2003, p. 82

  • Artist Biography

    Diego Giacometti

    Swiss • 1902 - 1985

    In 1935 Diego Giacometti took a holiday in Stampa, the Swiss town in which he grew up. The trip marked one of the first periods in which he was separated from his brother Alberto Giacometti, and perhaps in connection with having removed himself from the shadow of his brother's career, he began his first animal sculptures. It was shortly after this trip that the younger Giacometti also started making furniture, after patrons admired the stands he was crafting for his brother's sculptures. Diego modeled his maquettes in plaster (as opposed to clay or wax, which was the more common choice for sculptors) and cast his furniture in bronze, a departure from most metal furniture at the time, which was cast in iron. Illustrious clients included the Maeght and Noailles families as well as the decorator Jean-Michel Frank, who commissioned Alberto (assisted by Diego) to create plaster lighting and fireplace accessories.

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"Petit Bougeoir" table lamp

circa 1960
Patinated bronze, paper shade.
Overall: 15 in. (38.1 cm) high
Cast: 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm) high

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $52,500

Contact Specialist
Meaghan Roddy
Head of Sale, New York
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Design

New York Auction 11 June 2014 11am