The Diego Giacometti sale concluded yesterday night in Paris with an outstanding total of €5,5 million. With 90% of the lots sold above their high estimate, this “white gloves” sale achieved remarkable results.
The highest bids of the auction went to the Les animaux sont rois screen, which smashed its high estimate selling at €727,500, the Carcasse à la chauve-souris table which sold at €607,500, doubling its high estimate, and the pair of Tête de lionne armchairs that sold for €559,500.
Among the sculptures, the mischievous Promenade des amis was the most coveted and sold for €403,500 for an estimate of €100,000-150,000.
After the enchanting universe of Lalanne in 2015, and the delicate glassworks by Émile Gallé in 2016, it is to the poetry of Diego Giacometti (1902-1985) that Sotheby's France dedicates this sale composed of about thirty pieces. Diana Widmaier Picasso, an art historian, signs the preface of the catalog and welcomes this sale as follows: "The sale that Sotheby's organizes brings to light an important selection of pieces commissioned from the artist, such as La Promenade des amis, Coffee table with frogs and birds, a pair of à l'étoile andirons, the Guéridon aux harpies, or a pair of Au Hibou et Coupe wall sconces and the Carcasse à la chauve-souris table. I am sure that the beauty and purity of all these works, inhabited by the humanity and the creative force of Diego Giacometti, will find a new echo among many collectors throughout the world. "
Diego is now in the forefront. The alter ego of Alberto, he combines his talents with those of his brother in the realization of some objects, in particular for Jean-Michel Frank. The career of Diego took off in the 1960s. Passionate about the creation of furniture, chairs, tables or lamps, punctuated with frogs, mice, deer, foxes, dogs, cats, or ostriches are born beneath the fingers of this craftsman-sculptor. These humorous animals, sometimes ready to jump, sometimes wise, invite themselves with poetry into these remarkable pieces.