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Alberto Giacometti

“Égyptienne” Table Lamp

Estimate:

300,000

to
- 500,000 USD

Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti

“Égyptienne” Table Lamp

“Égyptienne” Table Lamp

Estimate:

300,000

to
- 500,000 USD

Bid:

220,000

USD

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Alberto Giacometti

“Égyptienne” Table Lamp


circa 1933

painted plaster

19 ⅞ x 19 x 7 ⅜ in. (50.2 x 48.2 x 18.7 cm)

Overall in very good condition. This rare lamp design by Alberto Giacometti is one of his most sculptural and dynamic creations in plaster. The present piece is especially rare if not unique, being the only recorded example of the model in pink plaster. The pink pigmentation displays a range of nuanced hues as seen in the catalogue photos, showing some subtle irregularities, scattered darker pink specks and linear marks, all which appear inherent in the making. Areas of the arms supporting the upper shades appear to have received partial and sensitive restoration at some point in the history of the piece, in keeping with the original color palette. The plaster presents with minor surface imperfections and some occasional small burst air bubbles which are inherent in the making and consistent with the artist’s plaster technique (not visually detracting). The upper base stem, arms and lower coupelles present with hairline cracks in stable condition, some showing evidence of prior restorations. (This is rather expected with this design and consistent with the condition of a white plaster example our department sold in previous years.) There are a few very small and minor surface losses and edge flecks concentrated to the reverse side of the lamp, and the rims of the shades and coupelles. The three upper shades are each outfitted with an electric socket at the bottom interior, which receive bayonet bulbs. Each of the three sockets were functional at time of cataloguing, however Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and suggests having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician. A remarkable, highly sculptural object by Alberto Giacometti, further elevated by its distinct and elegant coloration. The lamp conveys an aspect of abstraction and modernity through its dramatic lines and silhouette.   


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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE. 

Collection of Alberto Giacometti, Paris
Acquired directly from the above by Bianca Mosca, London
Thence by descent
Galerie L'Arc en Seine, Paris
Acquired from the above, 2011
Waldemar George, “Jean-Michel Frank,” Art et Décoration, March 1936, p. 91 (for the model in white)
Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, p. 34 (for the model in white)
Martin Battersby, The Decorative Thirties, New York, 1988, p. 85 (for the model in white)
Alberto et Diego Giacometti, exh. cat., Galerie L’Arc en Seine, Paris, 1994, p. 11 (for the model in white)
Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, pp. 136, 159, 241 (for the model in white) and 246 (for the model in black)
François Baudot, J. M. Frank, New York, 1998, pp. 47 (for the model in black) and 65 (for the model in white)
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 2006, pp. 155, 198, 250 and 344 (for the model in white)
Pierre Passebon, Jacques Grange, Paris, 2008, p. 228 (for the model in white)
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: Un Décorateur dans le Paris des Années 30, Paris, 2009, pp. 17 and 72 (for the model in white)
Laure Verchère, Jean-Michel Frank, New York, 2018, pp. 33 and 230 (for the model in white)
Galerie L'Arc en Seine, The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), Maastricht, March 18-27, 2011

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 1682. This lamp is presently the only recorded example executed in pink plaster.