Diego Giacometti - Design London Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    William Louis-Dreyfus, New York, acquired directly from the artist, circa 1979
    Sotheby's, New York, 'Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale', 7 November 2012, lot 304

  • Literature

    Michel Butor, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1985, p. 95
    Françoise Francisci, Diego Giacometti: Catalogue de l’œuvre, Volume I, Paris, 1986, n.p. for a square version of the model
    Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 65
    Diego Giacometti, exh. cat., Museum Bellrive, Zurich, 1988, p. 45, fig. 26
    Christian Boutonnet and Rafael Ortiz, Diego Giacometti, exh. cat., L'Arc en Seine, Paris, 2003, pp. 66-67 for a gilt bronze version of the model

  • 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' low table

designed 1965, produced circa 1979
Patinated bronze, glass.
39.4 x 118.1 x 71.2 cm (15 1/2 x 46 1/2 x 28 in.)
Frame impressed eight times with Diego.

£140,000 - 180,000 Ω

Sold for £125,000

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London Auction 21 September 2016