Marc Jacobs: A Life of Design

Marc Jacobs: A Life of Design

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 136. FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE | "MOUTON DE LAINE".


Auction Closed

December 12, 05:19 PM GMT


400,000 - 600,000 USD

Lot Details




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)

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.