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John Chamberlain
SWANS-52
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 560,000 USD
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207
John Chamberlain
SWANS-52
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 560,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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John Chamberlain
1927 - 2011
SWANS-52
painted and chromium-plated steel
48 by 33 1/2 by 18 1/8 in. 122 by 85 by 46 cm.
Executed in 1976.
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Provenance

Collection of Alan Jacobs, New York (acquired from the artist in 1976)
Collection of Peder Bonnier, New York
Private Collection, Sweden (acquired from the above in 1981)
Sotheby's, London, 10 February 2015, Lot 9
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

Literature

Julie Sylvester, Ed., John Chamberlain: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Sculpture 1954-1985, New York 1986, cat. no. 546, p. 151, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"I wasn’t interested in the car parts per se, I was interested in either the color or the shape or the amount. I didn’t want engine parts, I didn’t want wheels, upholstery, glass, oil, tires, rubber, lining, what somebody’d left in the car when they dumped it, dashboards, steering wheels, shafts, rear ends, muffler systems, transmissions, fly wheels, none of that. Just the sheet metal. It already had a coat of paint on it, and some of it was formed. You choose the material at a time when that’s the material you want to use, and then you develop your processes so that when you put things together it gives you a sense of satisfaction. It never occurred to me that sculptures shouldn’t be colored."
John Chamberlain

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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