Diego Giacometti - Design Evening Sale New York Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Marisa del Re Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1986

  • Exhibited

    “Diego Giacometti,” The Greenberg Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri, May 4-June 1, 1985, then traveled to: Marisa del Re Gallery, New York, June 6-July 1985

  • Literature

    Michel Butor, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1985, p. 69
    Françoise Francisci, Diego Giacometti: Catalogue de l’œuvre, Volume I, Paris, 1986, p. 67
    Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 152

  • 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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“Guéridon-arbre au hibou”

circa 1980
Patinated bronze, glass.
25 1/2 x 27 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (64.8 x 69.2 x 36.2 cm)
One leg impressed DIEGO DG.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $370,000

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Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 13 December 2016