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Claude Lalanne

Unique "Structure Végétale aux Papillons" Chandelier

Estimate:

700,000

to
- 900,000 USD

Property from a Distinguished Private Collector

Claude Lalanne

Claude Lalanne

Unique "Structure Végétale aux Papillons" Chandelier

Unique "Structure Végétale aux Papillons" Chandelier

Estimate:

700,000

to
- 900,000 USD

Lot sold:

1,048,500

USD

Property from a Distinguished Private Collector

Claude Lalanne

Unique "Structure Végétale aux Papillons" Chandelier


2014

including twelve candle lights and three extension stems with butterflies

gilt bronze, galvanized copper

impressed LALANNE, monogrammed CL, numbered 1/1 and dated 2014

106 3/4 in. (271 cm) high including extension stems

23 1/4 in. (59 cm) high excluding extension stems

49 1/2 in. (125.7 cm) maximum diameter

Overall in very good condition. When viewed in person, this unique chandelier presents with strong visual presence, beautiful proportions, and an exceptionally elegant composition. Its presentation is further elevated by its striking gilt bronze and galvanized copper surfaces. The simultaneous presence of leaves and butterflies in galvanized copper adds an additional naturalistic dimension to this spectacular work by Claude Lalanne. The gilding presents with very minor and subtle variations in color ranging from bright gold to copper, as well as occasional and very slightly irregular patina application inherent to the making and the artist’s practice. The gilt bronze with some occasional and very minute verdigris marks consistent with age and not visually distracting. The galvanized copper elements, which range from a rich red to lustrous metallic reds and corals, present with scattered and minor oxidation consistent with the natural aging process of the metal, and with very minimal surface irregularities inherent to the making and common for works by Les Lalannes. The chandelier is electrified and includes a wiring installation connecting each socket to the top of the chandelier through a system of gilt wires which are not visually detracting and are successfully incorporated within the gilt bronze surfaces. The small candle bulbs were functional at the time of cataloguing. One candle sleeve has been sensitively replaced in a manner that is visually consistent with the others. The bobeches present with some glue residue which can be cleaned at the client’s discretion. The chandelier includes three fully ornamented extension stems by Claude Lalanne in gilt bronze and adorned with large-scale butterflies. This lot provides collectors with the opportunity to acquire a spectacular, unique masterwork by Claude Lalanne which encapsulates the artist’s whimsical and poetic vision.


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.

Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2015
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, Fragments, exh. cat., Galerie Enrico Navarra and JGM Galerie, Paris, 2000, p. 123 (for a related example)
François-Xavier & Claude Lalanne: Dreams for the Light of Day, Gerald Peters Gallery, exh. cat., New York, 2000, p. 60 (for a related example)
Les Lalanne, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010, p. 90 (for a related example)
Les Lalanne: Fifty years of work, 1964–2015, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, 2015, pp. 185-191 and 203 (for related examples)
Adrian Dannatt, François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne: In the Domain of Dreams, New York, 2018, pp. 157 and 244-247 (for related examples)