Alberto Giacometti and the Hensons Fly High

La Gazette Drouot
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The sky really was the limit for four works by Alberto Giacometti—highlights of the collection belonging to the Hensons, a Café Society couple. Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), Bird, commonly known as Albatross, model designed c. 1937, plaster bas-relief wall sculpture, 46 x 162 cm/18.11 x 63.77 in. Result: €3,965,000 © Succession Alberto Giacometti/Adagp, Paris 2023 The price of this winged traveler, dating to the late 1930s, and therefore an early edition of Alberto Giacometti’s plaster wall sculpture Bird,commonlyknown as Albatross (reproduced below), which he designed during his fertile collaboration with decorator Jean-Michel Frank (1895-1941), soared to €3,965,000. Jean and Violet Henson-Tylden, a legendary couple and friends of Frank and Giacometti, whose collection was

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