FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE | "MOUTON DE LAINE"
"MOUTON DE LAINE"
designed circa 1965, executed 2000
executed by Landowski Fondeur, France
patinated bronze, wool
monogrammed FxL, impressed LALANNE/Landowski Fondeur, dated 2000 and numbered 10; the underside monogrammed FxL
36 x 37½ x 21¼ in. (91.4 x 95.2 x 53.9 cm)
Overall in good condition. One of François-Xavier Lalanne’s most recognizable designs, this mouton presents with a rich patinated bronze structure supported by four small wheels under the feet in working condition and the original wool surface in very good condition which coats the mouton’s body. The bronze surface presents with light scratches throughout that are inherent to the casting and not visually distracting. The nose, ears, and legs present with some scattered and occasional areas of minor discoloration to the patina consistent with age, which add superb bronze hues to the surface. The main body retains its original wool and presents with a full and supple surface with off-white to light beige hues. The area around the head presents with some minor traces of dried adhesive residue within the wool consistent with age. The head very slightly pivots onto itself at an approximate 10-degree angle. Typically more rare and desirable than their epoxy stone relatives, this “Mouton de Laine” provides a rare opportunity for Lalanne and contemporary design collectors to acquire a recent model in remarkable condition.
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.
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Acquired directly from the artist
John Russell, les lalanne, Paris, 1975, p. 10
Daniel Marchesseau, Les Lalannes, Paris, 1998, pp. 36 and 58-59
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York and Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, 2006, p. 90
Daniel Abadie, Lalanne(s), Paris, 2008, pp. 192-193 and 299
Les Lalanne, Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010, pp. 40-41
Adrien Dannatt, Les Lalanne, Fifty Years of Work, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, 2015, pp. 30, 50 and 137
Adrian Dannatt, François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne: In the Domain of Dreams, New York, 2018, pp. 10-11, 90, 98, 101, 103-107, 149, 196 and 239
When Marc Jacobs lived in Paris, François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne would regularly come to the fashion shows organized by Louis Vuitton, for which Jacobs was then the creative director. This marked the first encounter between the two artists and the designer. But it was Jane Holzer, a friend of Jacobs’ and a Lalanne collector, who was instrumental in solidifying his relationship with the Lalannes by making proper introductions. Jacobs got to know them both as well as their work, and was eventually invited to their home and studio in Ury for a lunch. There, the designer was introduced to the spectacular and art-filled world of the Lalannes and was able to marvel at some of the exquisite pieces from their personal collection. The present lot was acquired on that visit, becoming the very first work by the Lalannes to be acquired by Jacobs.