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10 Lots We’d Love To Own: Sotheby’s Collection of Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, October 2019

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2019-10-21

Our chosen auction this week is L’Univers Lalanne: The Collection of Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, which takes place at Sotheby’s in Paris on October 23-24.

The sale features treasures from the personal collection of the late French husband-and-wife design team, whose menagerie of wild beasts combined whimsical form with useful function.

Here are 10 lots from the auction that we’d love to own…

Jules & Jim

Estimate: €10,000 – €15,000 ($11,041 – $16,562)

Claude Lalanne, 2015

A pair of gilt patinated bronze and patinated steel sculptures in the form of two mice, dated 2015 and numbered 6/40 B and 16/40 A.

Pair of Sardine cushions

Estimate: €20,000 – €30,000 ($22,082 – $33,123)

Claude Lalanne & François-Xavier Lalanne, 1972

A pair of hand-painted leather cushions in the form of sardines, along with a Louis XV style carved and painted wood sofa with upholstery by Claude Lalanne.

Pair of Tourterelle armchairs

Estimate: €60,000 – €80,000 ($66,247 – $88,329)

François-Xavier Lalanne, 2008

A pair of wood and aluminium armchairs in the form of two turtledoves, dated 2008 and numbered EA 2/4 B and EA 2/4 C on each wing.

Singe Attablé cccasional table

Estimate: €100,000 – €120,000 ($110,411 – $132,493)

François-Xavier Lalanne, 2005

A glass-topped occasional table supported by a gilt patinated bronze sculpture of a monkey. Dated 2005 and numbered 8/8 B on the legs.

Choupatte (Très Grand)

Estimate: €150,000 – €200,000 ($165,617 – $220,822)

Claude Lalanne, 2012

A large patinated bronze sculpture of a cabbage, combined to surreal effect with the legs of a chicken. Dated 2012 and numbered 7/8 on the foot.

Mouton de Laine

Estimate: €200,000 – €300,000 ($220,822 – $331,233)

François-Xavier Lalanne, 2010

A life-sized, patinated bronze seat in the form of a sheep, complete with coat of wool, dated 2010 with a foundry mark by Landowski Fondeur beneath the muzzle.

Pair of Crococonsoles console tables

Estimate: €250,000 – €350,000 ($276,028 – $386,439)

Claude Lalanne, 2012

A pair of gilt patinated bronze console tables with their tops in the form of drooping crocodile skins. Dated 2012, monogrammed C.L. and stamped CLAUDE LALANNE.

Ane de Natalie

Estimate: €300,000 – €400,000 ($331,233 – $441,644)

François-Xavier Lalanne, 2007

A patinated bronze, leather and horsehair sculpture of a donkey, containing storage and a fall-front which opens to reveal a writing surface. Dated 07 and numbered 6/8 on the spine.

Grand Mouflon de Pauline bar cabinet

Estimate: €600,000 – €800,000 ($662,466 – $883,288)

François-Xavier Lalanne, 2008

A gilt patinated bronze sculpture of a Mouflon (a type of wild sheep) containing a bar cabinet compartment. Dated 2008 and numbered 7/8 on a leg.

Unique Rhinocrétaire

Estimate: €700,000 – €1,000,000 ($772,877 – $1,104,110)

François-Xavier Lalanne, 1991

A large, patinated welded copper and metal rhinoceros sculpture which opemns to reveal a hidden writing desk.

(All images courtesy of Sotheby’s/ ArtDigital Studio.)


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