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Alberto Giacometti

Tête de femme table lamp

Lot Closed

December 15, 01:44 PM GMT


70,000 - 90,000 CHF

Lot Details


Alberto Giacometti

1901 - 1966

Tête de femme table lamp

Patinated bronze

Stamped with the artist's signature on the base

56.5 x 14 x 15 cm

Designed in 1933

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Private collection, Switzerland (acquired directly from the artist's family)
Thence by descent 
Michel Butor, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1985, p. 59
Françoise Francisci, Diego Giacometti, catalogue de l'oeuvre, volume 1, Paris, 1986, pp. 26-27 (comparable)
Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, pp. 11, 35 (comparable)
Diego Giacometti, Möbel und Objekte aus Bronze, exhibition catalogue, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, 1988, p. 30 (comparable)
Christian Boutonnet, Rafael Ortiz, Diego Giacometti, exhibition catalogue, L'Arc en Seine, Paris, 2003, p. 35 (comparable)

The model Tête de Femme was designed by Alberto Giacometti in 1933 and belongs to a group of decorative objects commissioned from the artist by the famous interior designer Jean-Michel Frank between 1932-1940. The original plaster model made by Giacometti around 1937 is now in the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. The design, which recalls architectural caryatids, is instantly recognizable as one of Giacometti’s most successful designs. Although there is no direct historical reference, the form of the head evokes ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian sculpture which fascinated Giacometti.

This lot is registered in the online Alberto Giacometti Database (AGD) under no. AGD 4270 and will be stamped with the number 42.