LES AUTRUCHES BAR, 1967-1970
biscuit, nickel silver, steel, iron, with a removable ice bucket egg
The top monogrammed FxL, branded FRANCO LALANNE and dated 70, each ostrich dated 1967 and with the Manufacture de Sèvres marks on the underside
143 x 194 x 39 cm ; 56 1/4 x 76 3/8 x 15 3/8 in.
François-Xavier Lalanne realised six Les Autruches bars : one in the collection of the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, one in the Palais de l'Elysée, one in the artist's collection, two in private hands and the offered lot.
These ostriches were the first of a long series of contemporary objects realised with a new white porcelain paste called PA.A conceived by Antoine d'Albis, Head of Laboratory of the National Manufacture of Sèvres (1965-2003).
Artcurial, Paris, June 28, 2005, lot 361 B
Collection Jacques Grange, Paris
Eveline Schlumberger, "Sèvres 1968", Connaissance des Arts, February 1968, p. 78
Les Lalannes, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Iolas, 1970, n.p.
Les Lalanne, exhibition catalogue, Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, June 15 - July 13, 1975, p. 39
Sèvres : de 1850 à nos jours, exhibition catalogue, Le Louvre des Antiquaires, Paris, February 4 - April 10, 1983, p. 54
Robert Rosenblum, Les Lalannes, Genève, 1991, pp. 47 and 103
Jean-Paul Midant, Sèvres, la manufacture au XXème siècle, Paris, 1992, p. 236
Daniel Marchesseau, Les Lalanne, Paris, 1998, pp. 88-89
Daniel Abadie, Lalanne(s), Paris, 2008, pp. 94-95
Pierre Passebon, Jacques Grange, Paris, 2008, illustrated on the cover and p. 13
Les Lalanne, exhibition catalogue, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, March 17 - July 4, 2010, pp. 102 and 107
Les Lalanne, exhibition catalogue, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, March 26 - May 2, 2015, p. 30