LIPCHITZ, Ossip/Jacques

Druskieniki, Lithuania 1891 - Capri, Italy 1973

Chambranle de cheminée


c. 1928

stone (limestone)

type: other

Dimensions (HxWxD): 18 516 x 59 14 x 12 78 in.

Acc. No.: 1986.4

Credit Line: Gift of Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb and Insurance Fund

Photo credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


  • 1928, commissioned by Jacques Doucet (with andirons, 1986.5-6) for the Cabinet de l'Orient, in his residence in Neuilly, France
  • 1929, at Doucet's death, presumably by inheritance to his wife, Jeanne Roger Doucet, Neuilly
  • by 1986, Paris, Galerie Brame et Lorenceau
  • 1986, June 25, sold by Hector Brame-Jean Lorenceau to the MFA, Gift of Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb and Insurance Fund


  • Museum's website, 28 February 2012 and 20 March 2012
  • 2000 Wilkinson
    Alan G. Wilkinson, The Sculpture of Jacques Lipchitz, A Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 2 The American Years 1941-1973, London, Thames and Hudson, 2000, p.20, repr.


  • 2000 New York
    Jacques Lipchitz: Sculpture 1910-1940, The Paris Years, New York, The Marlborough Gallery, 1996

    1996-1997 Boston
    This Is the Modern World: Furnishings of the 20th Century, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, July 30, 1996-January 9, 1997

    2003-2005 London/Toronto/San Francisco/Boston
    Art Deco, 1910-1938, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, March 27-July 20, 2003; Toronto, The Royal Ontario Museum, September 15, 2003-January 4, 2004; San Francisco, Museum of Fine Arts, March 13-July 5, 2004; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, August 22-January 9, 2005

Related works

  • Pair of Andirons, c. 1928, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, acc. no. 1986.5-6.


  • Museum's website, June 29, 2011:
    A large rectangular block of limestone forming the lintel of a mantelpiece. Carved in bas-relief with two stylized dogs barking at two stylized birds at center.
    Museum's label texte, 1997:
    In 1928 the Cubist sculptor Jacques Lipchitz received the commission for a mantelpiece and andirons from Jacques Doucet, a Parisian fashion designer. Doucet was a pioneering collector of eighteenth-century and, later, of twentieth-century art. Lipchitz wrote of the mantepiece and andirons: "These decorative works were done, frankly, as commissions to make a little money but... I think one can see the development of certain ideas in my sculpture from cubism to a pattern of greater anthropomorphic freedom." (Jacques Lipchitz, H. H. Arnason, My Life in Sculpture, New York, The Viking Press, 1972, p. 100-103)