Sale: 528 / Modern Art, June 11. 2022 in Munich Lot 470

 

470
Max Ernst
Tête - Égyptienne, 1959.
Gold pendant
Estimate:
€ 15,000 / $ 15,600
Sold:
€ 27,500 / $ 28.600

(incl. surcharge)
Tête - Égyptienne. 1959.
Gold pendant.
Spies/Metken 3790. Verso with the signature stamp "max ernst" and numbered "Exemplaire d'artiste 1/2". One of two artist copies (in addition to the edition of 8 copies). 8 x 7.5 cm (3.1 x 2.9 in).
Made by François Hugo (1899-1981), Aix-en-Provence (verso twice punched) and numbered "1461 / 2885".
• One of two artist copies by the important representative of Surrealism.
• Made by Francois Hugo, great-grandson of the author Victor Hugo, and the executing goldsmith of Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Hans Arp, Jean Cocteau and Elsa Schiaparelli since the 1920s.
• In the sculptural oeuvre of Ernst the large-size "Têtes" occupy a special position between jewelry and artwork.
• Ernst captures the rays of the North African sun in the Egyptian head of gold in a fascinating manner.
• In 1953 Ernst returned to France from the USA and began to explore new artistic paths with the jewelry
.

PROVENANCE: Private collection.
Peter Pütz, Cologne (acquired in 2008).
Private collection Saxony (acquired from the above in 2008).

LITERATURE: Max Ernst. Oeuvre sculpté 1913-1961, Point Cardinal, Paris, November 15 - December 31, 1961, no. 56 (with illu.).
Werner Spies, Sigrid und Günter Metken, Max Ernst. Werke 1953-1963, Cologne 1975, p. 386, no. 3790 (with illu.).
François Hugo, Pierre Hugo, Max Ernst. Sculptures d'or et d'argent, Geneva 1984 (with illu., no p.).
Artcurial, Fine Jewellery, auction 1442, July 29/30, 2008, lot 483 (with illu.).




470
Max Ernst
Tête - Égyptienne, 1959.
Gold pendant
Estimate:
€ 15,000 / $ 15,600
Sold:
€ 27,500 / $ 28.600

(incl. surcharge)