Diego Giacometti set to emerge from big brother's shadow at Bonhams



2015-06-26 12:19:56

Diego Giacometti set to emerge from big brother's shadow at Bonhams

A $144,000 table is the highlight of the Swiss designer's auction pieces in April

Several pieces of furniture produced by the Swiss sculptor and designer Diego Giacometti (1902-1985), the younger brother of Alberto (1901-1966), are to be sold at Bonhams as part of its Post War and Contemporary Art and Design sale on April 13.

The highlight is a 1965 bronze and glass table, entitled Table Berceau, Seconde Version, which was acquired directly from the artist by the art collector Edmond Bomsel.

The table has attracted a pre-sale estimate of 70,000 - 90,000 and is sure to interest fine furniture investors throughout the world.

 Table Berceau, Seconde Version is estimated to make 90,000

Tabouret en X, a stool featuring a bronze frame and leather cushion, is expected to achieve 30,000 - 40,000.

After the second world war Diego's brother, Alberto, largely abandoned his furniture work. Diego continued with furniture design and his excellence is evident in this sale.

In addition to these important pieces of furniture, the sale includes two Diego Giacometti bronze models, Tte de Cheval and Tte de Lionne. Both dated 1975, they have been estimated at 5,000 - 8,000 and 4,000 - 6,000, respectively.

Alberto Giacometti's L'Homme qui march I became the most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction when it made 65m at Sotheby's, London in February 2010.

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