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François-Xavier Lalanne
1927 - 2008
FRENCH
OISEAU D'ARGENT, A ROCKING CHAIR 
stamped FXL LALANNE ARTCURIAL, edited by Artcurial 
sand-blasted aluminium, leather upholstery, wood
114 by 130 by 100cm.; 45 by 51 1/4 by 39 1/2 in.
Executed in the 1990s. 
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Provenance

Property from the Collection of Jacques Grange, Paris
Sale: Christie's, Paris, A Visual Odyssey Selections from LAC Staged by Jacques Grange, 14 October 2015, lot 135
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 2015

Catalogue Note

Born in 1927, François-Xavier Lalanne moved to Paris at the age of 18 and spent his formative years in the dynamic environment of early twentieth-century Paris. A friendly neighbour to Constantin Brancusi, he was quickly introduced to the Surrealist avant-garde and their work, which inspired and encouraged his experiments with form. The artist cultivated the idea that art and aesthetic pleasure ought to be a part of everyday life, a notion which encouraged him to marry the fine and decorative arts in the form of furniture and ornamental objects. While working as a guard at the Louvre, Lalanne was fascinated by Egyptian statuary, and in particular the range of animal gods which dominated classical iconography from canopic jars to cartouches. Nature, for Lalanne, contained an infinite variety of forms, and it was in nature’s image that he crafted his bold and luxurious zoomorphic pieces. The artist’s work makes the viewer, or indeed user, aware of the animal perspective and whimsically reintroduces the animal presence into the human sphere. The Oiseau d’Argent rocking chair is a beautiful and eclectic work which exemplifies Lalanne’s fixation with birds and their otherworldly capacity for movement.

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