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Diego Giacometti Table & Interior Designer Paul Leonard

In 1981, Architectural Digest ran a cover story illustrating interior designer Paul Leonard’s Connecticut home. On the cover, nestled in the corner of the living room, sits the Alberto Giacometti bronze lamp atop a wooden table. In Leonard’s master bedroom rests Diego Giacametti’s Pedestal Table with Harpies, a curious addition to his rustic home. For over 40 years, Paul Leonard was the exclusive personal interior decorator for famous philanthropists Rachel and Paul Mellon. In addition to decorating the Mellons’ various houses located in Manhattan, Massachusetts, and Antigua, Leonard custom decorated special events for the Mellons, including a luncheon for the Prince and Princess of Wales. As Leonard’s reputation spread, he was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy to create Christmas trees for the White House as well as decorate the Onassis house on the island of Skorpios[1]. Leonard acquired the following Giacometti pieces during his 40 years with the Mellons. This table and other designs by Diego were only available for purchase through special order or arrangement while Diego was alive.

Lot Information:

Lot 407
Diego Giacometti
Pedestal table with Harpies
Studio, first designed in 1955 for Cecil Beaton.
This example cast before 1981
Bronze
17”h x 20”diameter
October 17, 2010 Auction
$70,000-90,000

Lot 410
Alberto Giacometti
Trepied a L’etoile
Studio, designed 1937 for Jean-Michel Frank; this example cast before 1981
Bronze
24”h to top of finial
This example is illustrated on the cover of the August 1981 Architectural Digest featuring the Roxbury, CT home of Paul Leonard.
October 17, 2010 Auction
$8,000-10,000

For more information on how to bid, please visit the LAMA online catalogue.

– Paul DesMarais, Contributing Writer


[1] Owens, Mitchell. “Paul Leonard Dies at 70; Decorated Famed Interiors.” Newyorktimes.com. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2002. Web. 3 Sept. 2010.

Market Status: Time to Sell

Now that there is more time to consign (deadline is now August 12th), I asked Peter his thoughts on the current state of the market and recent consignments.

Peter Loughrey: So far the October 2010 Auction will include a large assortment of items in the $1,000 – 1,500 range, which will make for an exciting opportunity to buy.  Although the lower price range is almost full, we can still accept a few pieces in this range.

However, there is a strong market for high-end material in the $5,000 – $25,000 range, which is supported by motivated buyers at the upper end of the market, who have been using art as investment.  Many works of art in this price range are selling for as much or even higher than at the peak of the market in Spring 2008. In our last two auctions items in this price range have realized the strongest auction results in our 18-year history.

In the Los Angeles art market especially, top buyers feel the recession is over and are eager to buy quality works; however there is very little available to satisfy the demand.  If you regret not selling at the peak of the market, now is your second chance, don’t miss out again.

As for recent consignments, the past few days have been exciting for us. Three highlights include:

– Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup screenprint

– David Hockney Swimming Pool lithograph

– Diego Giacometti Table

To take advantage of this market, please contact Peter, peter@lamodern, to submit images and/or descriptions of the material you wish to consign.

For further reading on the shift in the art market, check out this article by Kelly Crow from The Wall Street Journal, published August 4th.

December 2008 Digital Catalog Features Giacometti Table and Lamps

We recently republished our December 2008 Auction Catalog for digital preview. The catalog features over 580 outstanding lots of paintings, prints, sculpture, furniture and other decorative objects. Highlights from the sale included:

  • Diego Giacometti coffee table (Lot 209) and pair of lamps (Lots 207 & 208)

Extremely rare set custom executed 1972; original owner

Estimate: Coffee table $125,000-200,000; Lamps $30,000-40,000 each

Realized: Coffee table $216,000;  Lamps $60,000 each

Diego Giacometti Coffe Table, "Grande Torsade (Twisted Cable)", Lot 209, 1972, Estimate $150,000 - 200,000, Realized $216,000

Diego Giacometti Table Lamps, Lots 207 & 208, 1972, Estimate $30,000 - 40,000 each, Realized $60,000 each

  • Gertrud & Otto Natzler Tall Vase (Lot 326)

Studio, executed 1962; Turquoise crater glaze

Estimate: $15,000 – 20,000

Realized: $18,000

  • Claire Falkenstein Custom Hanging Screen (Lot 1)

Commissioned in 1958 for California residence

Estimate: $25,000 – 30,000

Realized: $42,000

Take a moment and flip through the digital catalog and see examples of material we sell through LAMA auctions. If you have any material that is similar and are interested in consigning for the upcoming Spring 2010 auction, please email Peter Loughrey at peter@lamodern.com.