- Diego Giacometti
patinated bronze, glass
- 69.3 by 122.5 by 52.5cm. 27¼ by 48¼ by 20 5/8in.
Sale: Sotheby Parke Bernet Monaco S.A., Arts Décoratifs Styles 1900 et 1925, 23 June 1979, lot 295
Acquired directly from the above
Françoise Francisci, Diego Giacometti, Catalogue de l'oeuvre, Vol. I, Paris, 1986, p. 90
Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 62 in situ at Gunter Sachs' residence
To our knowledge this rare console table exists in only two versions. Its strict, simple architecture presents the console in its purest possible form. Created around 1963, this model predates the later consoles where Diego Giacometti added animals and figures. The beautifully proportioned lines and intersecting geometric forms seem to suggest a drawing translated into bronze and the hand wrought quality of the piece is further enhanced by the 'knots' created at the points where the various rods intersect.
This console is related to a small desk or writing table (see Marchesseau, op. cit. p. 55) executed around 1964, which also employs the scallop-like supports for the top (glass in the case of this lot, and wood for the desk).