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PROPERTY OF A WEST COAST COLLECTION

François-Xavier Lalanne
"GRAND OISEAU DE MARBRE"
Estimate
100,000150,000
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11

PROPERTY OF A WEST COAST COLLECTION

François-Xavier Lalanne
"GRAND OISEAU DE MARBRE"
Estimate
100,000150,000
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Details & Cataloguing

Important Design

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François-Xavier Lalanne
"GRAND OISEAU DE MARBRE"
white marble, painted iron
47 1/4  x 35 5/8  x 40 5/8  in. (120 x 90.4 x 103.1 cm)
1974
executed in the Manolis Karentinos Workshop, Athens
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Provenance

Lalanne Family Collection
Carl Schlosberg Gallery, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by present owner

Literature

John Russell, Les Lalanne, Paris, 1975, p. 62
Les Lalanne, exh. cat., Christian Fayt Art Gallery, Paris, 1984, pl. 16
Reed Krakoff, Ben Brown and Paul Kasmin, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York and Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, 2006, p. 110
Les Lalanne, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010, pp. 68-69 and 76
Paul Kasmin, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, New York, 2012, n.p.
Adrien Dannatt, Les Lalanne, Fifty Years of Work, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, 2015, p. 68
Adrian Dannatt, François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne: In the Domain of Dreams, New York, 2018, pp. 162-163

Catalogue Note

With its open wings and stoic elegance, this Grand Oiseau de Marbre (or “Marble Bird”) embodies the essence of the Lalanne style. The chair represents François-Xavier Lalanne’s new take on a familiar member of his bestiary, first introduced in 1970 through a monumental bird sculpture commissioned for the garden of a private French estate. This functional Oiseau, however, is discernibly Greek in essence. Created during the summer of 1974 at the Greek residence of the Lalannes’ art dealer, Alexandre Iolas, the chairs in this series were made using white marble from Crete and produced in the studio of Greek architect Manolis Karantinos in Athens. Only three sets of five chairs are known to exist out of the intended twelve, including one set of five commissioned for the Yves Saint Laurent residence in Paris. The rarity of the model contributes to its significance within François-Xavier’s career, just a year prior to his first museum retrospective with his wife and co-creator, Claude, at the Centre National d’Art Contemporain in Paris where a Grand Oiseau de Marbre was exhibited.

Important Design

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New York