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François-Xavier Lalanne

Mouton de Laine

Estimate:

500,000 - 700,000 USD

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

François-Xavier Lalanne

François-Xavier Lalanne

Mouton de Laine

Mouton de Laine

Estimate:

500,000 - 700,000 USD

Lot sold:

988,000

USD

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Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

François-Xavier Lalanne

Mouton de Laine


designed circa 1965, executed circa 1980

patinated bronze, wool

twice monogrammed FXL and impressed LALANNE

35 x 37½ x 17½ in. (88.9 x 95.2 x 44.4 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. When viewed in person, the patinated bronze surfaces display a deep and complex chocolate brown patina. The patinated bronze surfaces present with occasional very fine surface scratches particularly concentrated to the legs as consistent with gentle use, as well as minute pinholes and minor casting irregularities which are inherent to the making and common for works by the artist. The patina presents with occasional and very minor areas of discoloration concentrated to the ears and snout, partially revealing a lustrous bronze underside. The wool appears to be original to the piece and is in very well-maintained condition overall. The wool surfaces have recently been professionally stabilized by a museum-level restorer with strong expertise in works by Les Lalanne. Some of the wool surfaces are very gently pulling away from the head and body, which is not uncommon for the form, but are overall very stable.


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.

Opera Gallery, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2013
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