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Claude Lalanne

Pair of Croco-Consoles

Estimate:

700,000

to
- 900,000 USD

Claude Lalanne

Claude Lalanne

Pair of Croco-Consoles

Pair of Croco-Consoles

Estimate:

700,000

to
- 900,000 USD

Lot sold:

1,109,000

USD

Claude Lalanne

Pair of Croco-Consoles


designed circa 1994, executed 2012

from an edition of 8

gilt bronze

impressed CLAUDE LALANNE, monogrammed CL and dated 2012

i: 38 x 23 3/8 x 14 3/4 in. (96.5 x 59.4 x 37.4 cm)

ii: 39 x 23 3/8 x 14 3/4 in. (99 x 59.4 x 37.4 cm)

Overall in very good condition. A rare design by Claude Lalanne beautifully executed in gilt bronze, the present Croco-Consoles were originally held in the historic collection of the artist. Each console includes a highly naturalistic crocodile resting atop a base composed of swirling vines, creating an incredibly dynamic and sculptural presentation. The consoles allow the user to either install them against a wall (they have small discreet mounting apertures along the back rail), or alternatively use them as freestanding pedestal tables. When viewed in person, the gilt patina presents with stunning and subtle golden hues that enhance the sculptural appearance of the work. The bronze surfaces have recently been sensitively cleaned and waxed by a professional restorer with strong expertise in works by Les Lalanne. The bronze surfaces present with irregularities in casting throughout that are inherent to the making and to the artist’s technique. The flat horizontal surfaces of the console tops present with very light surface scratches consistent with gentle use and not visually distracting. The overall coloration of the bronze appears slightly less red than what appears in the overall catalogue photography. (Please contact the department for photos taken from our preview exhibition.) This dynamic pair of Croco-Consoles is highly complementary with the previous lot and epitomizes the poetic and whimsical approach to her craft. 


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 of the Artist
Sotheby's Paris, L’Univers Lalanne: Collection Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, October 23, 2019, lot 27
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Daniel Marchesseau, Les Lalanne, Paris, 1998, pp. 104-105
Les Lalannes, exh. cat., JGM Galerie, Paris, 2002, p. 15
Reed Krakoff, Ben Brown and Paul Kasmin, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York and Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, 2006, pp. 50-51
Les Lalanne, Fifty Years of Work, 1964–2015, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, 2015, New York, p. 73