Diego Giacometti - Design London Monday, April 28, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Ima de Cheuilly, France, acquired directly from the artist, 1978
    DeLorenzo Gallery, New York, 1987
    Private collection, Germany, 1987
    DeLorenzo Gallery, New York, 2009
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2010

  • Literature

    Michel Butor, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1985, p. 168
    Françoise Francisci, Diego Giacometti: Catalogue de l’œuvre, Volume I, Paris, 1986, p. 72
    Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, pp. 19, 46, 200, 207
    François Baudot, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1998, pp. 29, 32, 76
    Christian Boutonnet and Rafael Ortiz, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 2003, p. 59

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present and following lots are from an original commission of six chairs and table. In 1984, the present model was commissioned for the Picasso Museum in Paris.

  • 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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Pair of side chairs

circa 1978
Patinated bronze, painted wrought iron, fabric.
Each: 81.9 x 49.5 x 50.8 cm (32 1/4 x 19 1/2 x 20 in.)

£120,000 - 180,000 Ω

Sold for £182,500

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London Auction 29 April 2014 2pm