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François-Xavier Lalanne

Mouton de Laine

Estimate:

500,000

to
- 700,000 USD

François-Xavier Lalanne

François-Xavier Lalanne

Mouton de Laine

Mouton de Laine

Estimate:

500,000

to
- 700,000 USD

Lot sold:

1,351,000

USD

François-Xavier Lalanne

Mouton de Laine


designed circa 1965, executed 1987

patinated bronze, wool

monogrammed FXL, impressed LALANNE and dated 87

35 ⅝ x 38 ¾ x 18 ½ in. (90.4 x 98.4 x 47 cm)

Overall in very good condition. One of François-Xavier Lalanne’s most recognizable designs, this Mouton presents with a patinated bronze structure supported by four small wheels under the feet and a supple wool coat in very good condition. The patinated bronze surfaces have recently been sensitively cleaned and waxed by a professional restorer with strong expertise in works by Les Lalanne. The patinated bronze surfaces present with particulate inclusions, minute pinholes and minor casting irregularities which are inherent to the making and common for works by Francois-Xavier Lalanne. The bronze presents with occasional and very minor areas of discoloration concentrated to the head and ears, partially revealing a lustrous bronze underside. The wool appears to be original to the piece and is in very well-maintained condition overall. Some of the wool surfaces are very gently pulling away from the body but are overall very stable. The area around the head presents with some minor traces of dried adhesive residue to the wool which are not visually distracting. The Mouton presents beautifully in person, with a highly attractive wool coat, and with great charm and character. Offered together with a mate (lot 71), this offering provides a rare opportunity for Lalanne and contemporary design collectors to acquire two early Moutons de Laine 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.

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. 

Artcurial, Paris, April 21, 2009, lot 382
Galerie Downtown, Paris
Acquired from the above
John Russell, Les Lalanne, Paris, 1975, p. 10
Daniel Marchesseau, Les Lalanne, 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, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010, pp. 40-41
Adrian Dannatt, ed., 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