Dorothy Blau Gallery, Bay Harbour Islands, Florida Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1997
Daniel Abadie, Lalanne(s), Paris, 2008, p. 327
Designed in 1984 and completed in 1986, the whimsical Lila Acheson Wallace Garden at Colonial Williamsburg represents the largest commission in the United States executed by François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne. The present lot is a miniature study for the naturalist chairs designed for the Garden, which incorporate silhouettes of cardinals, the state bird of Virginia.
Very good condition overall. Signs of oxidation throughout the patinated surface concentrated to the corner edges and recessed areas, consistent with age and natural evolution of the material. Minor abrasions and indentations throughout and inherent to production. This lot is offered together with a clear plexi display stand. This is a wonderfully delicate maquette complementing lot 114, the full scale Williamsburg Chair model. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.