Diego Giacometti - Important Design London Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, New York, acquired directly from the artist, 1976
    Christie’s, New York, 'Furniture and Decorative Works of Art by Alberto and Diego Giacometti', 13 May 1987, lot 237
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 130 for a similar example
    Françoise Francisci, Diego Giacometti: Catalogue de L'Œuvre, Volume I, Paris: Eolia, 1986, pp. 38-39 for a similar example
    Diego Giacometti, Möbel und Objekte aus Bronze, exh. cat., Museum Bellrive, 1988, Zurich, p. 55, no. 38 for a similar example
    François Baudot, Diego Giacometti, New York, 2001, p. 49 for a similar 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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'Toad' table

circa 1976
Patinated bronze, patinated iron, glass.
48.5 x 91.5 x 91.5 cm (19 1/8 x 36 x 36 in.)
One edge impressed DG and GGG.

£220,000 - 280,000 

Sold for £273,000

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Important Design

London Auction 26 April 2018