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Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)
Property from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Sold to Benefit the Nasher Sculpture Center
Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)

Tabouret en X, troisième version

Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)
Tabouret en X, troisième version
stamped twice 'DIEGO' and with monogram 'DG' (on the left and right side)
bronze with green and brown patina and suede seat
Height: 16½ in. (41.9 cm.)
Width: 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm.)
Length: 18½ in. (47.1 cm.)
Conceived circa 1965; this bronze version cast by 1981
Acquired from the artist by the late owners, 1981.
F. Francisci, Diego Giacometti, Catalogue de l'oeuvre, Paris, 1986, vol. I, p. 102 (another cast illustrated).
D. Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, New York, 1986, p. 50 (another cast illustrated).

Lot Essay

The elegant X-shaped stool, of which the present work is the third version, was inspired by the "curule legs" of an iron Spanish armchair gallerist Aimé Maeght brought to Diego's studio in the mid-1960s.

The double signature on the present lot is relatively common. As Daniel Marchesseau writes: "[works] are signed at the foundry according to the sample submitted by the artist. Because of this, some pieces of furniture may bear several signatures. The most remarkable example of this phenomenon is a table belonging to James Lord that bears, either inadvertantly or as a joke, four signatures" (op. cit., p. 189).

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