ALBERTO GIACOMETTI | "TÊTE DE FEMME" ("FIGURE") FLOOR LAMP
"TÊTE DE FEMME" ("FIGURE") FLOOR LAMP
gilt bronze, paper shade
75¼ in. (191.1 cm) high
23½ in. (59.6 cm) diameter of shade
Overall in good condition. The bronze surfaces throughout present with scattered minor surface scratches and abrasions consistent with age and gentle handling. The bronze with some occasional minor surface irregularities inherent in the making and casting, which are not visually distracting. The gilding presents with some light wear consistent with age and has slightly darkened with time. The gilding presents with a warm golden tones as seen in the catalogue illustration, with stronger traces of gilding visible in the recessed portions of the design. The stem presents with four areas of light discoloration to the gilt surface consistent with age and not visually distracting. The later shade is in fair condition overall, with light creasing to the paper throughout the surface and restoration to the paper covering an area measuring approximately 7 ½ x 6 inches. An iconic model by Alberto GIacometti with great figurative details and sculptural presence. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and suggests having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Commissioned directly from the artist by Frédéric Brollo, Paris
Artcurial, Paris, A 20-year Friendship with Diego Giacometti: the Brollo Collection, September 14, 2016, lot 11
Michel Butor, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1985, p.125
Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 11
Françoise Francisci, Diego Giacometti: Catalogue de l'œuvre, Volume I, Paris, 1986, p. 30
Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, p. 250
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank, l'étrange luxe du rien, Paris, 2007, pp. 143, 198-199 and 250
James Buresh, Jean-Michel Frank in Argentina, New York, 2010, p. 100
This lot is offered together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Giacometti and it is recorded in the Alberto Giacometti database under number AGD3614.