• Important 20th Century Decorat auction at Christies

    Sale 2230

    Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    8 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 150

    FRANCOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (1927-2008)

    'OISEAUX DE MARBRE (GRAND MODÈLE) A PAIR OF MARBLE AND PAINTED WROUGHT-IRON ARMCHAIRS, 1974

    Price Realised  

    FRANCOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (1927-2008)
    'Oiseaux de Marbre (Grand Modèle) A Pair of Marble and Painted Wrought-Iron Armchairs, 1974
    each 46½ in. (118.1 cm.) high, 31 in. (78.8 cm.) wide, 35¼ in. (89.5 cm.) deep (2)


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    cf. Les Lalanne, exhibition catalogue, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, 5 June - 13 July 1975, Paris, 1975, pp. 22 and 62.
    Exhibition catalogue, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, New York, Paul Kasmin Gallery, 2007, pp. 11 and 110.

    These 'Oiseaux de Marbre' chair and the table in the following lot were conceived in the summer of 1974, in Athens, at the request of Alexandre Iolas, the Lalannes' art dealer.
    The pieces were made in the Manolis Karentinos workshop. The large model was first exhibited at the Centre National d'Art et de Culture (CNAC) in June 1975. The initial edition of twelve examples of each of the five models was not completed. Only the small and large model were executed. A second set of five armchairs - three large and two small - was made for Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. The third set is with Claude Lalanne. It is possible that twelve other chairs exist, but their whereabouts are unknown.

    Provenance

    Acquired by Alexandre Iolas directly from the artist.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE NEW YORK COLLECTOR


    Literature

    Joan Juliet Buck, Chez Yves Saint Laurent, id., p. 101.