Francois-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008)
Francois-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008)

Moutons de Pierre

Francois-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008)
Moutons de Pierre
each signed and dated 'LALANNE 89' (on the underside of the belly) and stamped with artist's initials 'FXL LALANNE' and numbered eighty-nine, ninety, ninety-two, one hundred and seven and one hundred and nine (on the underside of the chin)
bronze and epoxy stone
each: 33½ x 37 x 15 in. (85 x 93.9 x 38.1 cm.)
Executed in 1977-1988, these works are from an edition of two hundred and fifty plus thirty artist's proofs. (5)
Marisa del Re Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1989
D. Rosenblum, Les Lalanne, Geneva, 1991, (other examples illustrated on the cover and p. 76).
D. Marchesseau, Les Lalanne, Paris, 1998, p. 146 (other examples illustrated).
D. Abadie, Lalanne(s), Paris, 2008, pp.186-187, 190-191, 335 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

Property of a Distinguished New York Collection

Christie's is pleased to offer the following selection of works from a Distinguished New York Collection. The works on offer are but a sliver of the incredible collection passionately assembled over the last fifty years by collectors with unique vision, understanding and appreciation of a diverse range of artistic movements. There are many highlights and works of particular note within the collection, one that started with a passion and understanding of the extraordinary influence of Pablo
Picasso over the entirety of 20th Century art. For this collector
Picasso is absolute, the root from which everything else emanates and
evolves--an undeniable influence. Before anything was or is added into the collection it has to be judged worthy of hanging alongside works by the Spanish master.

Works from this collection will be sold in multiple sale venues at
Christie's this fall season, including the New York Impressionist and
Modern, Postwar and Contemporary, and Latin American Evening sales.
Leading the collection is the surrealist painting by René Magritte,
Les verrés fumes included in the New York, November 7th
Impressionist and Modern Art Evening sale. A highlight of the New York, November 14th Postwar and Contemporary Art Evening sale is a large
scale and incredibly colorful Jean Dubuffet painting titled La
from his L'hourloupe series, and featured alongside are
magnificent works in the day sales by Henry Moore, Fernand Léger,
Claude Lalanne, Alexander Calder and Gerhard Richter, among others, not least of which Pablo Picasso whose unique ceramic vase featuring four
full panel images of owls titled Grande vase carré hibou is
stunning in its large scale presence.

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