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MAXIME DESCOMBIN | LIGHTING COLUMN WITH FOUR ROTATING LIGHTS [COLONNE LUMINEUSE À QUATRE FEUX ROTATIFS]

Artist's Resale Right

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 EUR

MAXIME DESCOMBIN | LIGHTING COLUMN WITH FOUR ROTATING LIGHTS [COLONNE LUMINEUSE À QUATRE FEUX ROTATIFS]

MAXIME DESCOMBIN | LIGHTING COLUMN WITH FOUR ROTATING LIGHTS [COLONNE LUMINEUSE À QUATRE FEUX ROTATIFS]

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 EUR

Lot sold:

5,625

EUR

MAXIME DESCOMBIN

LIGHTING COLUMN WITH FOUR ROTATING LIGHTS

[COLONNE LUMINEUSE À QUATRE FEUX ROTATIFS]


1957-1959

metal and painted sheet metal with four lights


[1957-1959

métal et tôle peint à quatre lumières


Height : 247 cm ; 97 ¼ in.

[Hauteur : 247 cm ; 97 ¼ in.]

Good overall condition. The painted metal presents with scattered network of cracks, mostly concentrated on the white parts, and with important painting losses throughout. There are surface scratches, a few dents and chips mostly concentrated along edges of each light, the central column and the base. There are a few rust stains.

the top of one rotating light is a little bit distorted.

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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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Private collection, France

[Collection privée, France]


Maxime Descombin was an innovative artist who started his sculpture work in building ornamentation. Self-taught, he exhibited in 1945 at the Salon de Mai and in 1949 at the Salon de la jeune sculpture (young sculpture fair).

In 1951, he sets up his atelier in Champlevert, close to Macon and becomes a member of the Groupe Espace, founded the same year by André Bloc and Félix Del Marle. He shares their reflection on the integration of painting in architecture. For him, an artwork is a "psychic power plant". It intervenes in public space, where it addresses to the "human community", united by art in a sensible space. Therefore, he rejects merchant circuits and solo shows and works within the framework of public procurement. Prolific but discreet, his work ranges from furniture design to monumental scale works, from tapestry to theater sets and costumes. Through his many realisations, Maxime Descombin explores an unique path: that of a modern and accessible art.

In 1956, he exhibits at the Denise René Gallery in Paris alongside Jean Art, André Bloc, Emile Gilioli, Barbare Hepworth and even David Smith.

Following a car accident in November 1972, he is forced to narrow his activities locally but will continue to create until his death in 2003.

The Association for Atelier Descombin was created in 1991 and the City of Macon accepted the artist's donation.

The selection offered here is part of a private commission made around 1957/59 for one of the artist's friend.

All these artworks are unique pieces and were furnishing the living room of the patron.

The quality of the drawings, the proportions, the execution and the quality of the materials alone sum up what is an artist's furniture.


[Maxime Descombin fut un artiste novateur qui débuta dans la sculpture par l'ornementation de bâtiments. Autodidacte, Il expose en 1945 au Salon de Mai et au Salon de la jeune sculpture de 1949.

En 1951, il installe son atelier à Champlevert, près de Mâcon et devient membre du Groupe Espace, fondé la même année par André Bloc et Félix Del Marle. L’artiste partage leur réflexion sur l’intégration de la peinture dans l’architecture. Pour lui, l’œuvre d’art est une « centrale d’énergie psychique ». Elle intervient dans l’espace public, où elle s’adresse à la « communauté des Hommes », réunie par l’art dans un espace sensible. Dès lors, il récuse les circuits marchands et expositions personnelles et œuvre dans le cadre de la commande publique. Artiste prolifique et discret, son activité va du mobilier à l’œuvre monumentale, de la tapisserie jusqu’aux décors et costumes pour le théâtre. À travers ses différentes réalisations, Maxime Descombin explore une même voie : celle d’un art accessible et moderne.

En 1956, il est exposé par la galerie Denise René à Paris aux côtés de Jean Arp, André Bloc, Émile Gilioli, Barbara Hepworth ou encore David Smith.

À la suite d'un accident de la circulation en novembre 1972, il est obligé de restreindre ses activités au plan local et continuera de créer jusqu’à son décès en 2003.

L'Association pour l'Atelier Descombin voit le jour en 1991 et la Ville de Mâcon accepte la donation de l'artiste.

L’ensemble que nous présentons est issu d’une commande spéciale réalisée vers 1957/59 pour un proche de l’artiste.

Toutes ces œuvres sont des pièces uniques et meublaient l’intérieur du salon du commanditaire.

Les dessins, les proportions, l’exécution et la qualité des matériaux résument à eux seuls ce qu’est un meuble d’artiste.]