Paul Dupré-Lafon and Alberto Giacometti - Design Masters New York Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection of the designer
    Thence by descent to Antoine Dupré-Lafon

  • Literature

    Bijoux d’artistes, exh. cat., Musée du Temps – Besançon, 2009, p. 91 for the sphinx
    Galerie du Crédit Municipal de Paris, Bijoux d’artistes: une collection, 2012, p. 95 for the sphinx

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present table was designed by Paul Dupré-Lafon as a stand to support a seventeenth-century chest in his own collection. The x-form stretcher is surmounted by a bronze sculpture of a sphinx by Alberto Giacometti, a small but critical flourish which animates the table's neoclassical rigor.

    The sphinx has been authenticated by the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti and is registered in the Alberto Giacometti Database, the online catalogue of authentic works by the artist, as number AGD 3412.


Unique side table with sphinx

circa 1950
Painted iron, bronze, stone.
22 x 29 3/8 x 13 2/8 in. (55.9 x 74.6 x 33.7 cm)
The sphinx (designed circa 1935) together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Giacometti.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $75,000

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Design Masters

New York Auction 15 December 2015 5pm