Mar 04, 2021 - Sale 2560

Sale 2560 - Lot 264

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
Coffee Mill.

Etching, 1947. 180x80 mm; 7 1/8x3 1/8 inches, full margins. Numbered 51/200 in pencil, lower left. Second state (of 2), after cancellation. A very good, evenly-printed impression.

Duchamp (1887-1968, see lot 412) etched this print for Du Cubisme after the same-titled oil painting he had made in 1911 for his brother, sculptor Raymond Duchamp-Villon (1876-1918). His brother was married in 1911 and had asked his artist friends to make him small paintings with which to decorate their newlywed kitchen.

According to Duchamp's later recollection, "I made this old-fashioned coffee mill for him. It shows the different facets of the coffee grinding operation and the handle on top is seen simultaneously in several positions as it revolves. You can see the ground coffee in a heap under the cogwheels of the central shaft, which turns in the directions of the arrow on top" (d'Harnoncourt/McShine, Marcel Duchamp, 1973, page 256).