Pair of 'Tabourets en X', première version

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by Heinz Berggruen, 1960s
    Gifted by the above to Paul and Ulrike Kantor, 1968
    Thence by descent to the present owners

  • Literature

    Michel Butor, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1985, p. 141
    Françoise Francisci, Diego Giacometti: Catalogue de l’œuvre, Volume I, Paris, 1986, p. 102 for the troisième version


  • Artist Bio

    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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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF PAUL KANTOR, LOS ANGELES

Pair of 'Tabourets en X', première version

1960s
Patinated bronze, steel, leather.
Each: 45.5 x 48 x 45 cm (17 7/8 x 18 7/8 x 17 3/4 in.)

Estimate
£120,000 - 180,000 Ω

sold for £242,500

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