Diego Giacometti - Design Evening Sale London Monday, April 27, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist, private collection, Paris, circa 1978
    Private collection, New York, 1982
    Sotheby's, New York, 'Impressionist and Modern Art, Part II', 12 May, 1999, lot 351
    DeLorenzo Gallery, New York, 1999
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner, 2001

  • Literature

    Daniel Marchessau, Diego Giacometti, New York, 1987, p. 130
    François Baudot, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1998, pp. 49, 78

  • 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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‘En souvenir de la lévrette Bucky’ (In memory of the dog Bucky) low table

circa 1978
Patinated bronze, glass.
48.5 x 82 x 82 cm (19 1/8 x 32 1/4 x 32 1/4 in.)
Frame impressed with DIEGO and artist's monogram, underside of two feet impressed with A/D.

£250,000 - 300,000 Ω

Sold for £266,500

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London Evening Sale 28 April 2015 6pm