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Claude Lalanne

Pair of "Ginkgo" Side Chairs

Estimate:

180,000

to
- 240,000 USD

Claude Lalanne

Claude Lalanne

Pair of "Ginkgo" Side Chairs

Pair of "Ginkgo" Side Chairs

Estimate:

180,000

to
- 240,000 USD

Lot sold:

1,230,000

USD

Claude Lalanne

Pair of "Ginkgo" Side Chairs


designed circa 1996, executed 2003

number 4F and 4G from an edition of 8

executed by Figini Fondeur

gilt bronze

each monogrammed CL, impressed LALANNE and dated 2003 and impressed with the foundry mark and respectively numbered F 4/8 and G 4/8

30 ⅝ x 23 x 23 in. (77.7 x 58.4 x 58.4 cm) each

Overall in very good condition. The “Gingko” chair is perhaps one of Claude Lalanne’s most celebrated functional sculptures, cleverly using monumental gingko leaves as seat and backrest. The gilt bronze has recently been sensitively cleaned, waxed and partially re-gilt by a professional restorer with strong expertise in works by Les Lalanne. When viewed in person, the chairs present beautifully with variegated hues ranging from dark blond to bright gold, enhancing the rich visual appearance of the patina. (Please feel welcome to request additional photos from the Design Department.) The gilt bronze presents with minor surface and casting irregularities, particulate inclusions and minute pinholes which are inherent to the making and typical for works by Claude Lalanne. The proper left front leg of chair numbered F and the proper right front leg of chair numbered G each with a small hairline to the bronze, which is stable, likely inherent to the making and not visible unless closely inspected. Each chair with protective foot pads. This wonderfully dynamic pair, which presents beautifully with the rare Gingko Table offered in the following lot, provides an opportunity for collectors to acquire a full “Ginkgo” suite suitable for indoor and outdoor use. 


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
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Acquired from the above, 2008
Daniel Marchesseau, Les Lalanne, Paris, 1998, pp. 130-131
Daniel Abadie, Lalanne(s), Paris, 2008, pp. 266-267 (for a maquette of the model in copper and an example of the model in aluminum)
François-Xavier & Claude Lalanne: Dreams for the Light of Day, exh. cat., Gerald Peters Gallery, New York and Santa Fe, 2000, p. 51 (for the model in aluminum)
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York and Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, 2006, p. 95
Paul Kasmin, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, New York, 2012, n.p. (for the model in aluminum)
Adrian Dannatt, François-Xavier et Claude Lalanne, In the Domain of Dreams, New York, 2018, pp. 23, 167-169, 217, 222-223, 239 and 249