Lot 103
  • 103

Marcel Duchamp

180,000 - 250,000 EUR
319,500 EUR
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  • Marcel Duchamp
  • De ou Par Marcel Duchamp ou Rrose Sélavy (La Boîte en valise, Série C)
  • miniature replicas and colour reproductions of works by Marcel Duchamp contained in a grey cloth-covered cardboard box enclosed in a valise of cloth-covered wood. Contains 68 items.


Sale: Artcurial, Paris, April 4, 2006, lot 108
Acquired at the above sale by Dr. Arthur Brandt


Ithaca, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, A Private Eye: Dada, Surrealism and More from the Brandt Collection, 2006, illustrated in the catalogue p. 39


Robert Lebel, Sur Marcel Duchamp, Paris, 1959, illustration of another version pl. 109
Ecke Bonk, Marcel DuchampThe Portable Museum, London, 1989, pp. 180-183, illustration of another example p. 299
Arturo Schwarz, The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp, London, 1997, vol. II, no. 484, Series C, p. 764
Francis M. Naumann, Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Making Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, New York, 1999, fig. 7.20, illustration in colour of another example from the C series p. 190
Francis M. Naumann, The Recurrent, Haunting Ghost: Essays on the art, life and legacy of Marcel Duchamp, New York, 2012, fig. 14.22, illustration in colour of another example from the C series p. 151

Catalogue Note

By 1935, Duchamp had created a sufficient number of iconic works that he decided to gather reproductions of them into yet another uniquely original work: La Boîte-en-valise, a suitcase that would open, unfold and expand with pull-outs. It was to be a retrospective and display of his iconic works to date, a portable museum containing no less than 68 individual works of art: the entire oeuvre of an artist of reproductions in miniature format to be discovered by the viewer. The concept proved to be popular and seven separate limited editions of the boîte (with or without the suitcase) were produced between 1941 and 1966.
In this version, one can notably see the reproductions of the following works: Fontaine (a clay miniature reproduction of the highly celebrated urinal after the Readymade), La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même (reproduction of Duchamp's monumental construction on glass (1915-23) that explores the complexities of male and female desire), Monte Carlo Bond (reproduction of an invented financial deed, devised to break the bank of the Monte Carlo Casino, 1924), the famous L.H.O.O.Q. and Air de Paris 50 cc (replica of a conceptual work of art trapping 50 cc of Paris air).