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Claude Lalanne

A Unique "Végétal" Mirror

Estimate:

300,000

to
- 500,000 USD

Claude Lalanne

Claude Lalanne

A Unique "Végétal" Mirror

A Unique "Végétal" Mirror

Estimate:

300,000

to
- 500,000 USD

Lot sold:

746,000

USD

Claude Lalanne

A Unique "Végétal" Mirror


2010

gilt bronze, galvanized copper, mirrored glass

incised CL, impressed LALANNE, numbered 1/1 and dated 2010

69 3/4 x 52 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (177.1 x 133.3 x 10.7 cm)

Overall in very good condition. An extraordinary piece of grand scale, this masterpiece by Claude Lalanne presents with superb leaf decorations and stylized organic elements. When viewed firsthand, the gilt bronze displays a warm and nuanced golden palette accented by naturalistically placed rose-colored leaves. The bronze presents with occasional scattered extremely minor surface scratches, abrasions, and minor discolorations consistent with age and gentle handling, and with some occasional minor casting flaws and minute pinholes inherent to the making and not at all visually distracting. The stems on the bottom edge of the frame present with scattered and very minimal verdigris marks which are not visually distracting and consistent with age. The recessed areas with extremely minor soiling and discoloration consistent with age. The galvanized copper leaves are incredibly delicate, capturing all of the nuance and detail of a natural leaf. The surfaces of the leaves with variegated copper and pink undertones, which heighten the visual impact of the mirror. When viewed in person, the galvanized copper surfaces present with a shimmering and slightly brighter copper patina concentrated to the edges of select leaves which further enhance the naturalism of the work. The leaves with some minor surface irregularities inherent in the making and common for such works by the artist.  The mirrored glass with some scattered extremely minor and fine surface scratches. An incredibly dynamic piece which displays the romantic naturalism that is central to Claude Lalanne’s work. 


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.

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner
Daniel Marchesseau, Les Lalanne, Paris, 1998, pp. 138-139 (for related examples in the Salon des Miroirs for the apartment of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, Paris)
Reed Krakoff, Ben Brown and Paul Kasmin, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York and Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, 2006, p. 47 (for a related example)
Les Lalanne, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010, p. 96 (for related examples from the apartment of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, Paris)
Adrien Dannatt, Les Lalanne, Fifty Years of Work, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, 2015, p. 68 (for related examples in the Salon des Miroirs for the apartment of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, Paris)
Adrian Dannatt, François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne: In the Domain of Dreams, New York, 2018, pp. 152-155 (for related examples in the Salon des Miroirs for the apartment of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, Paris) and 266 (for the present lot illustrated)