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François-Xavier Lalanne

Mouton de Laine

Estimate:

500,000 - 700,000 USD

François-Xavier Lalanne

François-Xavier Lalanne

Mouton de Laine

Mouton de Laine

Estimate:

500,000 - 700,000 USD

Lot sold:

1,230,000

USD

François-Xavier Lalanne

Mouton de Laine


designed circa 1965, executed 1977

patinated bronze, wool

monogrammed FXL and dated 77

34 ½ x 38 ¼ x 17 ¼ in. (87.6 x 97.1 x 43.8 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 rich patina present with subtle green and grey tones that enhance the three-dimensionality of the work. The bronze surfaces 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 legs of the Mouton. The wool appears to be original to the piece and is in very well-maintained condition overall, showing some expected irregularities throughout commensurate with the work’s age and gentle handling. The edges of the head with some minor traces of dried adhesive residue and light corrosion to the bronze, which are not visible unless the wool surface is gently pulled back and not visually detracting. Some of the wool surfaces are very gently pulling away from the body but are overall very stable. The head very slightly pivots onto itself at an approximate 30-degree angle, which is part of the artist’s intent. The Mouton presents beautifully in person, with a highly attractive wool coat, and with charm and character. Offered together with a mate (lot 6), provides an exceptional 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. 

Private Collection, Switzerland, acquired directly from the artist, circa 1977
Galerie Mitterrand, Paris
Acquired from the above, 2014
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