Diego Giacometti Console Sells At Doyle For Record $1.7 Million

NEW YORK CITY — A bronze and glass console table by Diego Giacometti achieved $1,762,500 at Doyle’s Doyle+Design auction on April 8. This stunning price set a new world auction record for a work by Diego Giacometti.

The circa 1975 console, titled “Chevreuil, Biche et Bambi,” is a unique piece commissioned from Giacometti by French fashion designer Serge Matta, brother of Surrealist painter Roberto Matta. Serge Matta was an enthusiastic collector of works by Giacometti, who was represented by Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York. Pierre Matisse also represented Roberto Matta.

This one-of-a-kind console was commissioned for Serge Matta’s country house in France, and the lot was accompanied by a letter from Pierre Mattise to Matta.

The bronze console with glass top depicts a bucolic scene of a buck, doe and fawn interspersed with three pine trees. Estimated at $400/600,000, it was the object of competitive bidding, which dwindled to two determined phone bidders, one from New York and one from the United Kingdom. The console was hammered down to the British buyer.

Consignments are currently being accepted for Doyle’s next Doyle+Design sale scheduled for this fall. For information, 212-427-2730 or www.doylenewyork.com.

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