“Égyptienne” Table Lamp
“Égyptienne” Table Lamp
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.
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