Attributed to Claude Lalanne

Claude Lalanne for Zolotas Necklace

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October 6, 04:53 PM GMT


15,000 - 20,000 USD

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Attributed to Claude Lalanne

1924 - 2019

Claude Lalanne for Zolotas Necklace

1975, signed Zolotas, stamped with maker’s mark, numbered Z22, marked E.A. (artist's proof), stamped 950

gilded sterling silver choker necklace with a pair of lips at

center, likely a prototype for the full edition

Circumference: 14¾ in.; 37 cm.

Diameter: 4 11⁄16 in.; 11.9 cm.

Lips: 2⅜ by ¾ in.; 6 by 1.9 cm.

Iolas-Galerie, Zomboulakis, Athens

Acquired from above by present owner

Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Les Lalanne, Christian Fayt Art Gallery, Knokke-Heist, n. 27 for similar cast

Daniel Abadie, Lalanne(s): The Monograph, Flammarion, Paris, 2008, p. 69 for earlier example

Louisa Guinness, Art as Jewelry: From Calder to Kapoor, ACC Art Books, Suffolk, 2018, p. 79 for earlier example

Claude Lalanne worked with Greek jeweler Zolotas to create a series of lip necklaces for which this is an artist's proof. Mouths and lips were a recurring motif in her sculpture and jewelry and she would use molds made from the mouths of her friends and clients to add apertures to jewels or sculptures like her famous Pomme Bouche. Her playful works are memorable, interesting, and the conversion of her iconic sculpture and statuary into wearable jewelry was an important step in her career.