International Art Auction

June 13, 2017

LOT 48

Lot 48

Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)

Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)
Lot 48 Details
Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991), Italian


Unique cast bronze with brown patina; stamped with signature and the foundry mark “Manzu NFMM” in an impressed oval cartouche at the back of the head. Raised on an ebonzied base. Accompanied by a Photo-Certificate and document of Authenticity signed in pen and ink by the artist Manzu and dated July 11, 1978.
Bronze/Mounted height 11.5" — 29.2 cm.; 18.5" — 47 cm.

Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Realised: $14,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)
  • Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)
  • Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)
  • Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)

The artist’s atelier, Ardea, Rome, accompanied by Giacomo Manzu’s Photo Certificate, signed by him and dated July 11, 1978;
Sold to Jose M. Tasende, Tasende Arte Contemporaneo, Acapulco, Gro., Mexico;
Tasende Gallery, La Jola, California;
From whom purchased by a gentleman of Toronto, for a friend, Toronto, accompanied by the original Tasende receipt, No. 093, dated August 26, 1978;
Private Collection, Toronto, accompanied by the Galeria Tasende, Acapulco, Gro., original receipt, No. 1330, dated September 20, 1978;
Their Estate, Toronto


International Eucharistic Congress catalogue, “Exhibition of Liturgical Arts”, 1976, p.67;

M. de Micheli, “Manzu”, Fratelli Fabbri Editori, p. 60, inscribed to the Galerie Tasende Photo Certificate, Acapulco accompanying the lot


41st International Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia Civic Center, “Exhibition of Liturgical Arts”, July 29 - August 8, 1976


According to a letter from Jose M. Tasende, Galeria Tasende, Acapulco, Guerrero, dated July 27, 1978, this lot
is one of 5 variants which Manzu executed when Pope John was alive. It states further that this unique bronze was one of three heads of Pope John acquired by the Galeria Tasende from an exhibition held at the Phoenix Museum.


For condition information please contact the specialist.

LOT 48

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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