patinated bronze, suede upholstery
19 ¼ x 43 ¼ x 18 ¾ in. (48.8 x 109.8 x 47.6 cm)
Overall in very good condition. This supremely elegant work by Diego Giacometti presents with highly textural bronze surfaces and wonderful sculptural presence overall. The bronze surfaces present with irregularities which are inherent to the making and characteristic of the artist’s practice. When viewed firsthand, the patina displays subtle hints of olive green and brown which enhance the artistry of the work. The patina is richer and deeper in its depth of color than seen in the catalogue illustrations which were captured in raking sunlight. The frame of the seat and raised bronze elements throughout with some discoloration and rubbing to the patina consistent with age and revealing a lustrous bronze undersurface. The bronze with evidence of very minimal oxidation and small verdigris spots concentrated to the recessed areas. The later suede cushion is in excellent condition overall. A rare bench model by Diego Giacometti, emblematic of his superior abilities in creating highly refined and complex forms in bronze.
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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Diego Giacometti, Paris
Private Collection, acquired directly from the artist’s studio at 54 rue du Moulin, Paris in September 1974
Thence by descent
Artcurial, Paris, May 27, 2014, lot 164
Galerie L'Arc en Seine, Paris
Acquired from the above, 2014