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  • Provenance

    Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, 1970; Sr. Moises Stoliar, Buenos Aires; acquired directly from the above in 1988

  • Literature

    Michel Butor, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1985, p. 143; Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, pp. 66–67; François Baudot, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1998, pp. 58–59 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    Diego Giacometti designed the present model “table-berceau, première version” (ca. 1965) for filmmaker Raoul Lévy, who acted in and produced notable films by Roger Vadim and Jean-Luc Godard. Giacometti produced a later zoomorphic “seconde version” (ca. 1970) noted for its variant table supports terminating in the heads of cats, dogs, and foxes.

  • 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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"Berceau” table, first version

ca. 1965
Patinated bronze, glass
15 1/2 x 17 x 45 3/4 in. (39.4 x 43.2 x 116.2 cm)
Together with a letter of authenticity from James Lord and a copy of the original invoice from Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $148,900

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York