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Just In: A Sculptural Alberto Giacometti Floor Lamp

December 7, 2015

Simultaneously a work of fine art and a stunning design object, an example of the sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s Lampadaire à tête de femme—listed as item no. 3499 in the Alberto Giacometti Database—will be a featured lot in the Los Angeles Modern Auctions’ February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction featuring Frank Lloyd Wright’s George D. Sturges Residence and property from the Estate of Jack Larson to benefit The Bridges/Larson Foundation.

 

Alberto Giacometti Floor Lamp February 21, 2016 Auction

Alberto Giacometti, Lampadaire à tête de femme
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction featuring Frank Lloyd Wright’s George D. Sturges Residence and property from the Estate of Jack Larson to benefit The Bridges/Larson Foundation

The patinated bronze floor lamp, incorporating an intriguing bust of a woman, comes to market just as a current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Giacometti: Pure Presence (on view until January 10, 2016), is shedding new light of the artist’s lifelong preoccupation with the human face and head. For Giacometti, portraits were “not about the inner life of the sitters—they are about looking … a means for exploring his visual experience,” says the exhibition’s curator, Paul Moorhouse. Through his sculptures and paintings of the human countenance, Moorhouse says, Giacometti sought “to peel back the layers of appearance to get at the underlying reality of things.”


Alberto Giacometti Floor Lamp February 21, 2016 Auction

Alberto Giacometti, Lampadaire à tête de femme
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction featuring property from the Estate of Jack Larson to benefit The Bridges/Larson Foundation

The lamp also relates directly to Giacometti’s best-known work. It was conceived in the mid-1930s, when the artist and his brother, Diego, produced numerous lighting pieces for interiors produced by the designer Jean-Michel Frank. The lampadaire reflects the intensive study that Alberto Giacometti was then making of Etruscan art, particularly that civilization’s tall, slender stylized female statuary figures. These are the same artworks that would also strongly influence Giacometti’s famed spindly, fragile sculptures of standing women and walking men—representations of a bleak, anguished postwar zeitgeist that are regarding as some of the greatest masterpieces of 20th century art.

Lot Information:

Alberto Giacometti
Lampadaire à tête de femme
Conceived c. 1933-1934; this example cast prior to 1978
Patinated bronze
Stamped “AG 16″ at base
This work is included in the Alberto Giacometti Database as no. 3499
Together with certificate of authenticity
Together with copy of receipt
61″ x 8.25” diameter at base
Provenance: Christopher Chodoff Gallery, New York, New York; Private Collection, United States (acquired directly from the above, September 4, 1978); Thence by descent
Estimate: $80,000 – 120,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction featuring Frank Lloyd Wright’s George D. Sturges Residence and property from the Estate of Jack Larson to benefit The Bridges/Larson Foundation

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