Sold by Sotheby’s, this hammered brass and petrified wood table is designed by famous French sculptor and designer Philippe Hiquily in 2010.
Philippe Hiquily (1925-2013) was born in Montmarte and studied at the elite art institutions of France such as the École des Beaux-Arts and École Supérieure des Beaux Arts, along with famous sculptors Jean Tinguely and Germaine Richier. After his studies, he opened his own studio in Paris in 1953. In 1959, he received the Critic’s Prize for sculpture at the Paris Biennial. He reinforced his reputation by showing alongside American art superstars Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg in New York.
Hiquily produced quixotic, cubist inspired furniture that resembled sculptures rather than furniture. He formed his strange, semi-Gothic tapering forms using different materials such as animal hides, fossils and metal. His work is considered visionary with its curious, fantastic and whimsical attributes.
This piece is branded, numbered and authenticated by the Hiquily Committee. You can obtain the authentication certificate from Sotheby’s on request.
Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s website.