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    Sale 2009

    Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    13 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 218

    FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (b. 1927)

    'RHINOCÉROS MÉCANIQUE' A PATINATED COPPER SCULPTURE, 1976

    Price Realised  

    FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (b. 1927)
    'Rhinocéros Mécanique' A Patinated Copper Sculpture, 1976
    with hinged flaps opening to reveal compartments, from an edition of 8 plus 4 artist's proofs plus the present example
    9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high, 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) wide, 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) deep
    stamped 00/00 FXL Lalanne 88


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    For their first exhibition in June 1964 at the Parisian Galerie J, the Lalanne's showed only one piece - a large sculpture of a rhinoceros which converted into a writing desk. François-Xavier Lalanne explained about this sculpture: "The Annam rhino, the one with a single horn, has a skin so tough that it forms huge scales. Morphologically speaking, these plates are easy to separate one from the other. They open up like a suit of armor."
    The present rhinoceros is a smaller version inspired by the original 'Rhino-crétaire'.

    cf. D. Marchesseau, The Lalannes, Paris, 1998, pp. 22-23.

    The Rhino-crétaire II photographed in 1966.
    The Rhino-crétaire II photographed in open position.

    Special Notice

    No sales tax is due on the purchase price of this lot if it is picked up or delivered in the State of New York.


    Provenance

    Pierre and Maria Gaetana Matisse, New York (acquired from the artist). Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE FOUNDATION