International Art Auction

June 13, 2017

LOT 48
Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)
  • Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)
  • Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)
  • Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)
  • Giacomo Manzu (1908-1991)


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 ?

About artist/note:

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.


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


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


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