Gift from the artist to Alain Demachy, Paris Private collection, France Fraysse et associés, Paris, June 4, 2008, lot 30 Acquired from the above by the present owner
Daniel Marchesseau, Les Lalanne, Paris, 1998, illustrated p. 65
François-Xavier Lalanne offers the present hand to the decorator Alain Demachy telling him : This hand is for you. Place it at the back of your yacht when you'll have one, so it will say good bye to your guests when they leave your boat.
Overall good condition. Some surface scratches on the metal and scattered traces of light oxidation, consistent with age and use. The junction of the hand and the base presents with some more significant oxidation, most likely original.
The hand presents with a few flaws inherent to the manufacturing process (some cracks and separations at the base of the fingers between the middle finger, the ring finger and the little finger, visible in the catalogue illustration - irregularities to the galvanic silver, mostly concentrated to the back of the hand. Please reach the department for additional pictures). "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."