DIEGO GIACOMETTI (Borgonova 1902 - 1985 Paris)
Pair of Guéridons with Harpies
Cast bronze with circular marble top
Height: 16 7/8 inches (43 cm), each
Model created c. 1955 for Cecil Beaton
Dr. Joachim Theye, Zurich
Private collection, Switzerland
Marchesseau, Daniel, Diego Giacometti, Paris: Hermann, Publishers in Arts and Science; New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1986, p. 58
After the death of his brother Alberto, Diego continued working on his own with renewed effort, creating whimsical decorative works of art in cast bronze. He utilized the technique of lost wax casting for his furniture and for the various ornamental applied elements that define his aesthetic. He received many important commissions from interior designers of the day, as well as from public institutions, which include the Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, the Musée Marc-Chagall, Nice and especially the Musée Picasso, Paris in which all of the furniture in the exhibition rooms was designed by Diego. This matched pair of Guéridons with Harpies are rare models that were designed for Cecil Beaton in 1955, authentic versions of which do not often appear on the art market.
These guéridons are accompanied by a document - prepared Mr. Denis Vincenot, the authorized expert for the Diego Giacometti family - which certifies the authenticity of these objects.