Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)
Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)
Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)
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Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)

Chat maître d'hôtel

Details
Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)
Chat maître d'hôtel
stamped with the artist's monogram 'DG' (on the top of the base)
bronze with green and brown-black patina with red highlights
11 ¼ x 8 ¾ x 3 5/8 in. (28.5 x 22.3 x 9.2 cm.)
Conceived in 1961, cast by 1964
Provenance
Adrien Maeght, Paris.
Mrs. Albert D. Lasker, New York, acquired from the above, 1964.
Alice Fordyce, New York (sister of Mrs Lasker), gift from the above, 1967.
Private collection, acquired from the Estate of the above; sale, Christie’s, London, 1 July 1999, lot 604.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Literature
M. Butor, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1985, p. 121 (another version illustrated).
F. Francisci, Diego Giacometti Catalogue de l'Oeuvre, vol. 1, Ecreux, 1986, p. 18 (another cast illustrated).
D. Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, New York, 1987, p. 120 (another cast illustrated).
D. Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti: sculpteur de meubles, Paris, 2018, p. 140, inside back cover (other versions illustrated).
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Lot Essay

This rare version shows the cat with a flat platter instead of a bowl. Casts showing the cat with a flat platter are described by Daniel Marchesseau as having been conceived earlier, in 1961, prior to the version with the round bowl, conceived in 1967.
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