119
119

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE DUCHESS OF CADAVAL

Diego Giacometti
PAIR OF BOUGEOIRS AUX CRAPAUDS, CIRCA 1976-1977
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 EUR
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119

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE DUCHESS OF CADAVAL

Diego Giacometti
PAIR OF BOUGEOIRS AUX CRAPAUDS, CIRCA 1976-1977
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Design

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Diego Giacometti
PAIR OF BOUGEOIRS AUX CRAPAUDS, CIRCA 1976-1977

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner circa 1974

Literature

Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, 1986, p. 132 for related examples of toads

Catalogue Note

These  two pairs of candlesticks (lots 119 and 120) were commissioned by the Duchess of Cadaval  to Diego Giacometti circa 1976-1977,  for her summer house in Portugal.
Mrs de Cadaval met Diego Giacometti through Hubert de Givenchy, one of her close friend. She asked Diego to create candle holders, he replied several months later  : "Your candle holders are ready, I created candlesticks with toads that you can take off and use on their own, if you prefer ".
It is the only known set of four candlesticks with three toads as  independent sculptures, that can be either set freely on the base of the candlestick or on the table. Sotheby's sold a similar candlestick with two toads on May 24, 2016.

Design

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Paris