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François-Xavier Lalanne

Mouton de Pierre

Estimate:

200,000 - 300,000 USD

Property from a Private Collector

François-Xavier Lalanne

François-Xavier Lalanne

Mouton de Pierre

Mouton de Pierre

Estimate:

200,000 - 300,000 USD

Lot sold:

504,000

USD

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Property from a Private Collector

François-Xavier Lalanne

Mouton de Pierre


designed 1979

number 114 from an edition of 250

epoxy stone, patinated bronze

monogrammed FXL, impressed LALANNE and numbered 114/250

34¼ x 37 x 15 in. (87 x 94 x 38.1 cm)

Overall in very good condition. One of François-Xavier Lalanne’s most iconic designs, the Mouton de Pierre is a majestic form executed in epoxy stone and patinated bronze. The epoxy stone body presents with occasional surface irregularities and faint color variations inherent to the material and its production. The epoxy stone presents with a few very fine hairline cracks and small losses, all stable and not visually distracting. The epoxy stone above the left hind leg with a slightly more pronounced loss measuring approximately 1 in. wide, not visually distracting. The patinated bronze surfaces present with occasional very fine surface scratches particularly concentrated to the hooves 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 epoxy stone and bronze surfaces have recently been professionally cleaned by a museum-level restorer with strong expertise in works by Les Lalanne, to revitalize the original appearance of the materials. The patina presents with occasional and very minor areas of discoloration, partially revealing a lustrous bronze underside, but overall exhibits a homogenous charcoal tone. Offered en suite with the preceding lot, this offering provides a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire two Moutons de Pierre in very good condition 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.

Private Collection, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1989
Les Lalannes: Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, exh. cat., Marisa del Re Gallery, New York, 1988, cover
Daniel Marchesseau, Les Lalanne, Paris, 1998, p. 146
Daniel Abadie, Lalanne(s), Paris, 2008, pp. 186-187
Paul Kasmin, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, New York, 2012, n.p.
Adrien Dannatt, Les Lalanne, Fifty Years of Work, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, 2015, pp. 106 and 108