Mouton de Laine
Chez Kay: Property from the Collection of Kay Unger
Mouton de Laine
designed circa 1965, executed 1988
patinated bronze, wool
impressed LALANNE and dated 88
35 5/8 x 37 1/2 x 19 in. (90.4 x 95.2 x 48.2 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 present with a complex patina with hues ranging from deep russet brown to dark bronze. The patinated bronze surfaces present with occasional very fine surface scratches concentrated to the legs, as well as particulate inclusions, minute pinholes and minor casting irregularities which are inherent to the making and common for works by Francois-Xavier Lalanne. The patina presents with occasional and very minor areas of discoloration concentrated to the head and ears, 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 body, which is not uncommon for early examples of the form, but are overall very stable. The area around the head presents with some minor traces of dried adhesive residue to the wool which are not visually detracting. The brass casters have been sensitively replaced in a manner that is consistent with the original design. When viewed firsthand, the head appears slightly turned to the left and allows for minimal rotating movement as intended by the artist. This Mouton presents beautifully in person, with a highly attractive wool coat, and with great charm and character. Offered en suite with the preceding lot, this offering provides a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire two early Moutons de Laine in remarkable condition.
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.
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