Lot 207
  • 207


500,000 - 700,000 USD
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  • John Chamberlain
  • 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.


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


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