Chessboard (Echiquier)
Artwork: Chessboard (Echiquier)
Size: 70 x 70 cm
Medium: Sixty-four wooden squares nailed into and glued on plywood
Creation year: 1937
Marks: Bears signature on an added paper label (lower left); stamped with signature and address 'MARCEL DUCHAMP 11 RUE LARREY PARIS (5e) France' (on the reverse)
Category: Sculptures And Ceramics
Artwork details : This work is unique
Provenance: Isabelle Waldberg, Paris (acquired from the artist); Robert Lebel, Paris (acquired from the above and until 1972); Cordier and Ekstrom Inc., New York (acquired from the above); Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York (by 1973); Sale, Christie's, New York, 16 May 1985, lot 406; Fischer Fine Art Ltd., London (acquired at the above sale); Ronny van de Velde, Antwerp (by 1991). Galerie 1900-2000, Paris; Private collection, Switzerland (acquired from the above); Private collection, Paris (1999); Sale, Christie's, London, 6 February 2006, lot 122. Jan Krugier, acquired at the above sale.
Exhibition history: Munich, Haus der Kunst, Der Surrealismus, 1922-1942, March-May 1972, p. 56, no. 137 (illustrated); Paris, Musee des arts decoratifs, Le Surrealisme, 1922-1942, May-September 1972, p. 65, no. 132 (illustrated); Philadelphia Museum of Art; New York, The Museum of Modern Art and The Art Institute of Chicago, Marcel Duchamp, September 1973-April 1974, p. 32, no. 186; New York, Gallery Yves Arman; Paris, Galerie Beaubourg and Geneva, Galerie Bonnier, Marcel Duchamp Plays and Wins, March 1984-April 1985, pp. 113 and 190, no. XXI (illustrated, p. 113); Antwerp, Ronny van de Velde, Marcel Duchamp, September-December 1991, no. 94 (illustrated in situ in the studio of the artist at 11, rue Larrey, Paris on the cover); Majorca, Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miro, Amb l'adjuda dels meus amics, December 1992; Canberra, Australian National Gallery; Brisbane, Queensland Art Gallery and Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Surrealism, March-September 1993; Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, DADA: l'arte della negazione, April-June 1994, p. 327, no. VIII/25 (illustrated); Schwerin, Staatliches Museum, Marcel Duchamp Respirateur, August- November 1995, p. 71 (illustrated); Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Das ewige Auge: Von Rembrandt bis Picasso, Meisterwerke aus der Sammlung Jan Krugier und Marie Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, July-October 2007, p. 428, no. 206 (illustrated in color, p. 429); Basel, Fondation Beyeler, Surrealism in Paris, October 2011-January 2012, p. 283 (illustrated in color, p. 53; illustrated again in situ in the studio of the artist at 11, rue Larrey, Paris, p. 52

Date: 2013-11-04
Lot Number: 35

Date: 2006-02-06
Lot Number: 122

Date: 1999-11-09
Lot Number: 536