Please note that the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts has requested this work to be loaned for inclusion in their upcoming exhibition Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed from May 9 to November 1, 2020.
EN : Good overall condition. The copper is willingly oxidized and presents with a few tiny cracks and tiny holes, all inherent to the making. There are some instances of wear, partially revealing the original colour of the copper, mostly concentrated on the edges. The legs present with some small traces of rust, consistent with age and use. Some of the central leaves are very slightly moving. Dust in the recessed area. ////
FR : Bon état général. Le cuivre est volontairement oxydé et présente quelques rares petits trous et craquelures, inhérents au processus de fabrication. Il y a quelques traces d'usure, qui révèle en partie la colour d'origine du cuivre, principalement localisées le long des extrémités. Les pattes présentent de petites traces de rouille, cohérentes avec l'âge et l'utilisation. Quelques feuilles au centre bougent très légèrement. Il y a de la poussière dans les renfoncements de la pièce.
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