Lot 108
  • 108

Marcel Duchamp

4,000 - 6,000 EUR
8,125 EUR
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  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Bouche-Évier
  • signed marcelDuchamp, dated 64 and numbered 52/100 (on the reverse)
  • polished stainless steel
  • diameter: 6 cm; 2 3/8 in.


Sale: Francis Briest, Paris, December 16, 2000, lot 149
Acquired at the above sale by Dr. Arthur Brandt


Boone, Turchin Center for the Arts, The Omnipotent Dream: Man Ray, Confluences and Influences, 2003, illustrated in the catalogue p. 22, listed p. 34


Arturo Schwarz, The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp, London, 1997, vol. II, no. 608b, the lead original illustrated p. 843
Francis M. Naumann, Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Making Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, New York, 1999, no. 8.53, the lead original illustrated p. 239; fig. 9.36, the replica editions illustrated p. 278

Catalogue Note

Conceived in 1964 in lead to serve as a drain-stopper in Duchamp's apartment in Cadaqués. The replicas were executed between 1967 and 1981-82 in 3 separate editions of 100: one edition in polished stainless steel, one in bronze and another in sterling silver, plus 12 artist's proofs (International Numismatic Agency). This example was executed circa 1981-82. Fittingly, Duchamp called the edition Medallic Sculptures.