DIEGO GIACOMETTI (1902-1985)
DIEGO GIACOMETTI (1902-1985)
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DIEGO GIACOMETTI (1902-1985)

Table aux torsades, modèle carré

Details
DIEGO GIACOMETTI (1902-1985)
Table aux torsades, modèle carré
signed five times 'Diego' (on the crossbars)
bronze with brown and green patina
Height: 15 ½ in. (39.3 cm.)
Length: 32 ¼ in. (81.8 cm.)
Depth: 31 7/8 in. (80.5 cm.)
Conceived circa 1965
Provenance
Henri Samuel, Paris (acquired from the artist).
Acquired from the above by the present owner, July 1986.
Literature
F. Francisci, Diego Giacometti: Catalogue de l'oeuvre, Paris, 1986, vol. I, p. 87 (another cast illustrated in color).
D. Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 65 (another cast illustrated).
E. Eerdmans, Henri Samuel: Master of the French Interior, New York, 2018, pp. 208-209.

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Lot Essay

Giacometti’s fascination with capturing the natural world in his bronze furniture expanded past the animal silhouettes and twisting flora modeled after the surrounding Swiss countryside in which he was raised. In Table aux torsades, modèle carré, the twisting elements on each leg recall vines in a simplified form and reflect an Art Nouveau appreciation of the beauty of the natural form.
Sharing a studio in Paris with his brother Alberto, their working relationship was so close that it is, at times, difficult to distinguish between the two. But it was only after the death of Alberto in 1966 that Diego became celebrated in his own right, producing commissions for such distinguished patrons as the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, the Chagall Museum in Nice, and the Picasso Museum in Paris as well as a loyal following of affluent collectors and friends who bought pieces directly from the artist’s studio.
This table was acquired directly from Henri Samuel, who although closely associated with the classic taste of his exalted clients such as the Rothschilds, nevertheless frequently commissioned works from renowned contemporary artists such as Diego Giacometti, Philippe Hiquily and the sculptor César.
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