FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (1927-2008)

Lot 49
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800000 - 1200000 EUR
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Result : 1 510 000EUR
FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (1927-2008)
Big Duck, 1971
Clothes hanger in calamine and painted iron sheet, polished nickel silver, swivelling head forming a chest, top with a lid, monogrammed FXL, stamped François X Lalanne and dated on the top.
Unique piece.
H : 144 / W : 209 / D : 96 cm (closed).
Total height open: 160 cm.

Provenance:
- Private collection, France, acquired directly from the artist.
- Piasa, June 2010.
- Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris.
- Private collection, Switzerland.

Exhibition :
- Paris, CNAC - Netherlands, Rotterdam, Museum Boymans, Les Lalanne, 1975 (Travelling exhibition), reproduced page 45.
- Paris, CNAC, L'Art et la ville, art dans la vie: L'espace public vu par les artistes en France et à l'étranger depuis 10 ans, 1978, Chenonceau, Château de Chenonceau, Les Lalanne, 7 June-3 Nov. 1991, reproduced in the catalogue p. 49.

Bibliography:
- Daniel Marchesseau, Les Lalanne, Flammarion, Paris, 1998, reproduced p. 100.
- Daniel Abadie, Lalanne (s), Flammarion, Paris, 2008.

Condition report:
- Good general condition no accidents.
- Minor surface wear.
- Three small dents in the lower part of the tail.

François-Xavier Lalanne, born in Agen in 1927, attended the Académie Julian from the post-war period. In the early 1950s, he met Claude, who was born in 1925 and attended the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, who was to become his soul mate and creative partner.
For the public, but also for collectors, they are inseparable in their creation. Throughout their lives, they have exhibited together, sharing the idea of giving their sculptures, directly derived from nature and animal life, a use or a function.
Their often hybrid works, of a poetry sometimes bordering on surrealism, astonish and surprise. Their familiarity, techniques and materials give their sculptures a touch of humour and playfulness that contribute to the recognition of their artistic quality and to their success on the international scene.
Early Lalanne collectors included the Rothschilds and the Noailles, as well as designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. A decorator as famous and iconic as Peter Marino has been collecting their work for over thirty years and has contributed greatly to the recognition of their work around the world.

The monumental duck we are pleased to present, signed by François-Xavier himself and dated 1971, is titled "Throwing clothes" and perfectly illustrates their idea of giving sculpture a function. Here, the hieratic attitude of the palmiped is belied by the almost sparkling look of mischief in the animal's eyes.
We find here all the magic of the personal bestiary, fruit of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne's imagination.
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