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François-Xavier Lalanne

Fontaine Pleureuse

Estimate:

250,000

to
- 350,000 USD

François-Xavier Lalanne

François-Xavier Lalanne

Fontaine Pleureuse

Fontaine Pleureuse

Estimate:

250,000

to
- 350,000 USD

Lot sold:

302,400

USD

François-Xavier Lalanne

Fontaine Pleureuse


designed circa 1983, executed 1984

epoxy stone, aluminum

with a metal tag impressed LALANNE/ORIGINAL, monogrammed fxl and dated 1984

33 1/2 x 43 3/4 x 34 in. (85 x 111 x 86.3 cm)

Overall in very good condition. This rare design by François-Xavier Lalanne represents perhaps one of his most imaginative functional sculptures. Made with epoxy stone, the piece comprises a head with water trickling down the eyes, which rests atop a semi-circular bowl supported by a rectangular base. At the rear, the base includes a rectangular aluminum tank. As pictured in the catalogue photography, the head is meant to be fitted with foliage which can be added at the client’s discretion. The epoxy is in very good condition consistent with use and outdoor installation. The stone presents with minor irregularities and color variations throughout inherent to the medium, as well as some light soiling throughout, watermarks and occasional calcareous residue concentrated to the bowl and base, which are consistent with outdoor installation as intended by the artist. The aluminum tank (located behind the head) presents with light oxidation and corrosion concentrated to the edges and recessed areas consistent with use and water exposure. Please note that the fountain mechanism was functional at the time of our catalogue photography and during the current owner’s previous installation, but has not since been tested and may require service at the client’s discretion. The fountain has spectacular presence and scale and is a marvelous sculptural curiosity for the garden. 


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.

Les Lalanne, exh. cat., Galerie Christian Fayt, Knokke-Heist, 1984, pl. 31
François-Xavier & Claude Lalanne: Dreams for the light of day, exh. cat., Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, 2000, p. 16
Daniel Marchesseau, Les Lalanne, Paris, 1998, p. 78 (for a monumental variant of the present model at the Hakone Museum, Japan)
Les Lalanne, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010, pp. 114, 121 and 131 (for the related La Dormeuse model)
Daniel Abadie, Lalanne(s), Paris, 2008, pp. 16-17, 338 and 329 (for a monumental variant of the present model at the Hakone Museum, Japan)