9 November 2000
Property from a West Coast Estate
Diego Giacometti (1902-1985)
Fauteuil à tête de lionnes, seconde version, pieds antérieurs en griffes de lions
bronze with gold and brown patina and cloth seat
Height: 32¼ in. (81.9 cm.)
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 17 April 1975, lot 203.
Acquired at the above sale by the late owner.
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D. Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 83 (another cast illustrated).
The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘