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Diego Giacometti

"Tête de Lion" Armchair

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 200,000 USD

Diego Giacometti

Diego Giacometti

"Tête de Lion" Armchair

"Tête de Lion" Armchair

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 200,000 USD

Lot sold:

806,500

USD

Diego Giacometti

"Tête de Lion" Armchair


circa 1975-1976

patinated bronze, wrought-iron, leather upholstery

impressed DIEGO and with the artist’s cypher

32 ¼ x 21 ½ x 22 in. (81.9 x 54.6 x 55.8 cm)

Overall in very good condition. This iconic armchair model by Diego Giacometti includes two lion heads beautifully cast in bronze on either side of each armrest. 

The patinated bronze surfaces present with minor surface irregularities which are inherent to the making and characteristic of the artist’s practice. When viewed in person, the patina exhibits subtle dark green and brown hues that enhance the artistic quality of the work. The recessed areas of the patinated bronze surface with very minor verdigris spots and light oxidation consistent with age and not visually distracting. The patina exhibits some light and scattered discoloration and rubbing consistent with gentle use. The lion’s heads with slightly more pronounced discoloration and rubbing to the surface revealing a lustrous bronze undersurface. 

The patinated iron elements are in well-preserved condition overall with some scattered areas of discoloration to the patina and corresponding rust and verdigris marks. The iron with evidence of light oxidation throughout consistent with age and not visually distracting.

The later leather upholstery is in excellent condition overall, with some very minor rubbing to one corner of the seat at the rear.


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. 

Acquired directly from the artist by Mrs. Françoise de Pfyffer, circa 1975-1976
Galerie L'Arc en Seine, Paris
Acquired from the above, 2012
Diego Giacometti, exh. cat., The Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, May 4-June 1, 1985, and Marisa del Re Gallery, New York, June 6, 1985, p. 25
Michel Butor and Jean Vincent, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1985, pp. 116, 131 and 139
Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Paris, 1986, pp. 82-83, 177 and 192
Françoise Francisci, Diego Giacometti, Catalogue de l'oeuvre, vol. I, Paris, 1986, pl. 70
Diego Giacometti, Möbel und Objekte aus Bronze, exh. cat., Museum Bellerive, Zürich, June 16-September 4, 1988, p. 16, n. 3
Pierre Kjellberg, Le Mobilier du XXème Siècle, Paris, 2000, p. 268
Diego Giacometti, exh. cat, Galerie L’Arc en Seine, Paris, 2003, pp. 10 and 56
Jacqueline von Sprecher, Diego Giacometti, tritt aus dem Schatten, Zürich, 2007, p. 106
Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti sculpteur de meubles, Paris, 2018, pp. 30 and 178