Lot 488: MARCEL DUCHAMP Coffee Mill.
November 3, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Etching printed in dark brown on cream wove paper, 1947. 180x80 mm; 7 1/8x3 1/8 inches, full margins. Second state (of 2), after cancellation. A very good, evenly-printed impression.
Duchamp etched this print in 1947, for inclusion in the Gleize/Metzinger book Du Cubisme, after the same-titled painting he had made in 1911 for his sculptor brother Raymond Duchamp-Villon. His brother was married in 1911 and had asked his artist friends to make him small paintings with which to decorate his 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).