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THE SCHLUMBERGER COLLECTION

Claude Lalanne
LA LAPIN DE VICTOIRE
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 2,045,000 USD
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118

THE SCHLUMBERGER COLLECTION

Claude Lalanne
LA LAPIN DE VICTOIRE
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 2,045,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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New York

Claude Lalanne
B.1924
LA LAPIN DE VICTOIRE
stamped with the artist's name, signature, date 2001, number 1/1 and dedication V.S.
bronze
106 1/4 by 46 by 31 1/2 in. 270 by 117 by 80 cm.
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Provenance

Acquired by the present owner directly from the artist

Catalogue Note

Claude Lalanne’s Le Lapin de Victoire is not a replica of nature itself, but seems rather to be taken straight from the pages of a fairytale. With its uncanny scale and whimsical flourishes of cabbage leaves, Lalanne’s larger than life rabbit enchants and delights the viewer like an emissary from another, mystical world.

In conjunction with her husband François-Xavier Lalanne, Claude began her curious, surrealist, animal-inspired creations starting in the 1960s, and continues to work today. Les Lalanne, as the duo is called, worked in bronze to replicate the likeness of wild creatures, either as fine art or decorative art in the case of many of their works which can also function as furniture. Ranging from fluffy sheep sculptures to ginko-covered armchairs, monkey lamps to Magritte-inspired apples, Les Lalanne drew inspiration from a variety of sources, most notably their art historical precedents, the Surrealists. Evident throughout their body of work is this whimsical, absurd, uncanny quality pioneered by the Surrealists.

The present work, Le Lapin de Victoire depicts a hare standing tall, holding a staff adorned with cabbage leaves at the top. The rabbit’s stance seems almost human-like, as if he could come to life at any moment, evoking the culturally ubiquitous White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. Claude Lalanne intended the work to be situated within a garden, hidden amongst the bushes, with only the tall cabbage-topped staff peering over the surrounding shrubbery so that a passer-by would get a glimpse of the cabbage and follow the marker to ultimately find the hidden statue, much like Alice in Wonderland's White Rabbit leads Alice to a new, secret world. This work conjures a feeling of childlike wonder, as if the viewer has just entered into an imaginary world full of mythical, surprising, strange creatures that delight and enchant the eye.

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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New York