Description & Technical information

After studying marketing in his native Switzerland, Diego Giacometti
joined his elder Alberto in his Parisian studio at 46 rue Hippolyte
Maindron. Like his brother, Diego dedicated himself to the making of
sculpture and furniture. If he began his career by beeing Alberto's
right-hand man, his own personal work took shape during the 1950's and
culminated with his creation of the Musée Picasso's furniture in Paris,
in 1982-1985.
His innovative approach to design and craftsmanship
made him one of the most celebrated and sought-a er artists of post-war
Paris. By sculpting his works in clay or plaster, he was able to achieve
an impressive level of detail in his playful renderings of animals, and
the irregular surfaces and fingerprints reveal the artist’s process of
kneading and pressing the clay into form.

In "Table-feuilles", the
composition itself becomes an environment inhabited by frogs and birds
and shaded with small leaves. Here, Giacometti combines dynamic figural
ornamentation, naturalism of subject and medium, and graceful linearity
of form in a way that bridges sculpture with furniture.


Period:  20th century
Origin:  Switzerland, France
Medium: Bronze, Green brown patina, sand casting
Dimensions: 57.15 x 45.97 x 56.9 cm (22¹/₂ x 18¹/₁₀ x 22²/₅ inches)
Provenance: Offered by the artist to his founder and friend Lucien Thinot.
Then by inheritance.
Literature: Daniel Marchesseau, Diego Giacometti, Sculpteur de meubles, Editions du Regard, Paris, 2018, other model reproduced p.150.

Categories: Furniture, Works of Art