FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE ‘Singe attablé’ Low Table

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FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE
“Singe Attablé” Low Table
2002
Artist’s proof number 4A from an edition of 8 plus 4 artist’s proofs
Monogrammed FxL and numbered EA 4/4 A Patinated Bronze, glass
executed by Bocquel Fondeur, Paris
48.5 by 52 by 48.5 cm (19⅛ by 20½ by 19⅛ in.)

PROVENANCE
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
Private Collection
Christie's Online, July 31, 2020, lot 7
Private Collection

CATALOGUE NOTE
‘Singe attablé’ Low Table is a playful example of François-Xavier Lalanne’s determination to unite art and function in a uniquely whimsical style. While his wife and collaborator, Claude, favored the botanical kingdom, François-Xavier typically drew on the zoological world as inspiration for his subject matter. In the present work, a bronze seated monkey, toes intertwined, supports a glass tabletop above its head, recalling Atlas bearing the celestial heavens. The animal’s stylized features and smooth finish reveal the lasting influence on the artist’s aesthetic of ancient Egyptian and Assyrian art—which he encountered while working as an attendant at the Louvre—as well as the seminal style of modernist sculptor Constantin Brancusi, his neighbor in Paris. The title, a clever double entendre, alludes to both the act of sitting down at the table and to the artist’s brilliant transformation of the impish simian into the table itself.

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