- Diego Giacometti
- 'Table basse aux dompteuses'
gold patinated bronze, steel
- 140 x 140 x 40 cm
Acquired directly from the artist for Gunter Sachs' apartment on the Avenue Foch, Paris
Leipzig, Museum der Bildenden Künste, Gunter Sachs, 2008, pp. 127 & 133
The model exhibited:
Zürich, Museum Bellerive, Diego Giacometti: Möbel und Objekte aus Bronze, 1986, p. 80, pl. 64, cat. no. 49a
Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 1986
Paris, Galerie l'Arc en Seine, Le bestiaire de Diego Giacometti, 1997, pp. 34-35 for a lamp & pp. 80-81 for fire-dogs
Milan, Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta, I Giacometti, la valle, il mondo, 2000, p. 39
Paris, Galerie l'Arc en Seine, Diego Giacometti, 2003, p. 89, for a lamp
Michel Butor, Diego Giacometti, Paris, pp. 53, 94 & 98 for lamps
Françoise Francisci, Diego Giacometti, Catalogue de l'oeuvre, Vol. I, Paris, 1986, pp. 40-43
Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, pp. 60-61, for a comparable table
François Baudot, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1998, p. 63, for fire-dogs
Gunter Sachs, Mein Leben, Munich, 2005, p. 381
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Diego Giacometti used the 'dompteuse' (literally, 'tamer') model for several items, most commonly as a lamp base, but also as fire-dogs, and most rarely of all, as the feet for this table, which we believe is unique (see Marchesseau, op. cit. p. 211).
Diego collaborated in the 1930s with his brother Alberto on lights and small decorative objects for the designer Jean-Michel Frank, before beginning to sculpt in his own right in the early 1940s, when he produced animal handles for a cabinet and a fantastical sculpture of a bird. The animal and mythical inspiration continued in his furniture, beginning with the horses' heads candlestick he created for Alberto's birthday in 1951 and the 'harpie' table made for Cecil Beaton in 1955. These motifs were reprised again in the 'dompteuses' table, where two pairs of female figures tame the bestiaries that cluster around them.
Gunter Sachs commissioned this table directly from Diego Giacometti for his apartment on the Avenue Foch, Paris.