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Pierre Bergé: From One Home to Another

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Claude Lalanne
NÉE EN 1925
MIROIR DE TANGER, UNIQUE, 1999
bronze and galvanic copper ; monogrammed CL, branded Lalanne, dated 99, numbered 1/1 and inscribed Y.S.L lower left
252 x 151 cm ; 99 1/4 x 59 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Commissioned by Yves Saint-Laurent to Claude Lalanne

Literature

Daniel Abadie, Lalanne(s), Paris, 2008, illustrated p. 284
Pierre Passebon, Jacques Grange, Paris, 2008, illustrated p. 64

Catalogue Note

The extraordinary friendship between the Lalannes, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé began in the 1960s. The two couples often met for long weekends in the countryside, where Saint Laurent and Bergé patiently acquired works by the Lalannes, reflecting the intimacy and unfailing esteem that would bind them decades to come.

In 1965, François-Xavier Lalanne created a bar for Saint Laurent. The next year, Bergé published a review of his dear friends' exhibition at Alexandre Iolas Gallery in Combat magazine praising their innovative, imaginative work. In 1969, for his fall-winter collection, Saint Laurent invited Claude Lalanne to make metal castings of the female torso to adorn the bodices of his muslin dresses. Over time, acquisitions and special commissions grew as much as their friendship: a flock of wool sheep, mirrors for the music room, marble birds for the terrace, a duck table surtout with water lilies for the dining room, and finally a last mirror for the living room of Tangier.

Pierre Bergé: From One Home to Another

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Paris