Property of a Private Collector

Claude Lalanne

Collier Collerette (Collar Necklace)

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October 6, 05:03 PM GMT


8,000 - 12,000 USD

Lot Details


Property of a Private Collector

Claude Lalanne

1924 - 2019

Collier Collerette (Collar Necklace)


unique gilded bronze with electroplated galvanized copper, with certificate from artist

Flange Width Approximately: 1 in.; 3 cm.

Inner Circumference: 12 3⁄16 in.; 31 cm.

Diameter: 4 in.; 10 cm.

Acquired directly from the artist

Louisa Guinness Gallery, London

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Madeleine Chapsal, Claude Lalanne: Bijoux, Sacs-Bijoux et la Montre-Oignon, Artcurial, Paris, 1996, 'Collerette' for similar form in silver

Paola Stroppiana, Scultura Aurea, Gioielli d'Artista per un nuovo Rinascimento, Gli Ori, Pistoia, 2019, p. 115

Sculpture to Wear: An Introduction to Artist Jewellery, Louisa Guinness Gallery and Sotheby's, London, 2021, p. 29

In works like Collier Collerette, Lalanne's mastery of electroplating sits center stage. Through this method she transformed organic material into copper by running it through a bath of copper sulphate. Working intuitively, she then joined each piece together and heated them to obtain her signature pinkish hue, a method she utilized until her death in 2019.

This gently-ruffled collar with hanging seed-pods solidified in an immovable material is a perfect example of Lalanne's interest in nature and how it might be subverted to adorn the body.