Diego Giacometti - Design London Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by Stratis Andreadis for his apartment on Avenue Foch, Paris, circa 1970
    Thence by descent

  • Literature

    Michel Butor, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1985, p. 95
    Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 65 for the smaller example
    Françoise Francisi, Diego Giacometti: Catalogue de l'œuvre, Volume I, Paris, 1986, pp. 87-89 for the smaller example
    Christian Boutonnet and Rafael Ortiz, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 2003, pp. 66-67 for the smaller example

  • 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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'Torsade' table

circa 1970
Patinated bronze, glass.
40.3 x 123.2 x 97.2 cm (15 7/8 x 48 1/2 x 38 1/4 in)
Base incised ‘Diego’ ten times and with ‘Die’ and ‘D’.

£160,000 - 240,000 Ω♠

Sold for £248,500

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London 25 April 2013 2pm