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442

Claude Lalanne

A Unique "Structure Végétale aux Oiseaux et Papillons" Chandelier

Estimate:

800,000

to
- 1,200,000 USD

Property from an Important European Collection

Claude Lalanne

Claude Lalanne

A Unique "Structure Végétale aux Oiseaux et Papillons" Chandelier

A Unique "Structure Végétale aux Oiseaux et Papillons" Chandelier

Estimate:

800,000

to
- 1,200,000 USD

Lot sold:

1,230,000

USD

Property from an Important European Collection

Claude Lalanne

A Unique "Structure Végétale aux Oiseaux et Papillons" Chandelier


2008

gilt patinated bronze, galvanized copper

monogrammed CL, impressed LALANNE, numbered 1/1 and dated 2008

37 1/2 in. (95.2 cm) drop excluding removable arms

59 1/2 in. (151.1 cm) maximum diameter

Overall in very good condition. This impressive Chandelier is particularly rare due to the simultaneous presence of both birds and butterflies in the composition. This greatly enhances the dynamic composition of the work. When viewed in person, this unique chandelier presents with monumental presence and an elegant composition which is enhanced with gilt bronze and galvanized copper surfaces. The gilding presents with very minor and subtle variations in color ranging from bright gold to copper, as well as occasional and very slightly irregular patina application inherent to the making and the artist’s practice. The galvanized copper elements range from a rich red articulating the small birds, to lustrous metallic reds and corals articulating the butterflies. The galvanized copper with scattered and minor oxidation and verdigris marks consistent with the natural aging process of the metal, and with very minimal surface irregularities, minute pinholes and casting flaws which are inherent to the making and common for works by Les Lalannes. The butterfly wings with occasional tears to the copper surface inherent to production as well. The chandelier is electrified and includes a wiring installation connecting each socket to the top of the chandelier through a system of gilt wires which are not visually distracting and successfully incorporated within the gilt bronze surfaces. The small candle bulbs were functional at the time of cataloguing. The chandelier includes two fully ornamented hanging bars by Claude Lalanne in gilt bronze and adorned with large-scale butterflies. This lot provides collectors and enthusiasts with the opportunity to acquire a spectacular masterwork by Claude Lalanne which encapsulates the artist’s whimsical and poetic vision. One of the most spectacular and impressive chandeliers we have seen appear at auction by the artist. 


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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Galerie Mitterand, Paris
Private Collection, Paris, 2011
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, Fragments, exh. cat., Galerie Enrico Navarra and JGM Galerie, Paris, 2000, p. 123 (for a related example)
François-Xavier & Claude Lalanne: Dreams for the Light of Day, Gerald Peters Gallery, exh. cat., New York, 2000, p. 60 (for a related example)
Les Lalanne, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010, p. 90 (for a related example)
Les Lalanne: Fifty years of work, 1964–2015, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, 2015, pp. 185-191 and 203 (for related examples)
Adrian Dannatt, François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne: In the Domain of Dreams, New York, 2018, pp. 157 and 244-247 (for related examples)