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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SERGIO TOMASINELLI

Man Ray
FEATHERWEIGHT/POIDS PLUME
Estimate
15,00020,000
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38

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SERGIO TOMASINELLI

Man Ray
FEATHERWEIGHT/POIDS PLUME
Estimate
15,00020,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Man Ray
1890 - 1976
FEATHERWEIGHT/POIDS PLUME
signed Man Ray, dated 1965, titled featherweight poids plume and numbered 6/10
painted lead and pheasant feathers
foldered lead: 12,7 x 24 cm ; 5 x 9 1/2  in.
overall height (including feathers): 27 cm; 10 5/8  in.
Conceived in 1960 and executed in 1965 in an edition of 10 (Marcel Zerbib, Paris). For the present example, Man Ray exchanged the feathers, usually those of a pigeon, for pheasant feathers since Sergio Tomasinelli was a keen huntsman at the time.
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Provenance

Luciano Anselmino, Galleria Il Fauno, Turin (acquired directly from the artist)
Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1970

Literature

Man Ray, Oggetti d’affezione, Milan, 1970, no. 95, illustration of the 1960 example
Jean-Hubert Martin, Rosalind Krauss & Brigitte Hermann, Man Ray: Objets de mon affection, Sculptures et Objets, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1983, no. 134, illustration of the 1960 example p. 110

Catalogue Note

Featherweight, or Poids Plume, is a humorous object whereby Man Ray tricks the viewer with its title suggesting that the object would likely be light in weight. The viewer would be surprised by its heaviness, achieved by its base, a folded sheet of lead painted to resemble paper.

"Several years ago I saw an obviously very old manuscript, greyed by dust and years, lying in the corner of his studio. An old quill was still sticking to it. I grabbed the frail thing, but my hand got stuck in mid-air. Man Ray had tricked my vision. It weighed about four kilo, a folded piece of lead. He inscribed it for me with its true name 'featherweight'". (Hans Richter, "Private Notes for and on Man Ray", Man Ray, 1966, exh. cat., Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1966, p. 39).

Modernités : de Rodin à Soulages

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Paris