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François-Xavier Lalanne

Pigeons de Southampton I & II

Estimate:

70,000 to - 100,000 USD

François-Xavier Lalanne

François-Xavier Lalanne

Pigeons de Southampton I & II

Pigeons de Southampton I & II

Estimate:

70,000 to - 100,000 USD

Lot sold:

403,200

USD

François-Xavier Lalanne

Pigeons de Southampton I & II


2007

number 3A and 3B from an edition of 8

executed by Fonderie d'Art Bocquel, France

galvanized bronze

standing pigeon monogrammed FXL and numbered 3/8A with the foundry mark

seated pigeon monogrammed FXL and numbered 3/8B twice with the foundry mark

standing pigeon: 10 ¼ x 11 ½ x 6 ⅜ in. (26 x 29.2 x 16.2 cm)

seated pigeon: 7 ¼ x 10 ⅜ x 6 ⅜ in. (18.4 x 26.4 x 16.2 cm)

Overall in excellent condition. This charming pair of sculptures embody François-Xavier Lalanne’s playful style and uniquely artistic interpretation of the animal world. When viewed in person, the patinated surface presents with an even and homogenous dark silver color in well-preserved condition. The patina has recently been sensitively cleaned and waxed by a professional restorer with strong expertise in works by Les Lalanne. The bronze surfaces include cross-hatching patterns that are characteristic of the artist’s practice. The bronze with minor surface and casting irregularities as well as minute pinholes which are inherent to the making and typical for works by the artist. The bronze also presents with some very minor corrosion to the surface concentrated to the seated pigeon’s base plate and consistent with age. The base plate of the standing pigeon with a slightly uneven surface, which is inherent to the making. The right corner of the seated pigeon’s tail with an area of very minor surface loss to the metal which has been sensitively repatinated and is not visually distracting. The underside of the same tail with a slightly larger surface loss to the metal measuring approximately 1 x 1 in., likely inherent to production and partially covering the impressed signature. 


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 Mitterrand, Paris
Acquired from the above
Daniel Abadie, Lalanne(s), Paris, 2008, p. 290
Les Lalannes, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010, p. 36