CLAUDE LALANNE (1925-2019)
CLAUDE LALANNE (1925-2019)
CLAUDE LALANNE (1925-2019)
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CLAUDE LALANNE (1925-2019)

'Hosta' Mirror, 2012

CLAUDE LALANNE (1925-2019)
'Hosta' Mirror, 2012
gilt bronze, galvanized copper, mirrored glass
89 3/4 x 40 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. (228 x 112 x 14 cm)
monogrammed CL, stamped CLAUDE LALANNE, dated 2012 and numbered 1/1B
Galerie Mitterrand, Paris, acquired directly from the artist
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2014
D. Marchesseau, Les Lalanne, Paris, 1998, pp. 138-139 (for related examples in the Salon des Miroirs for the apartment of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, Paris)
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York and Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, 2006, pp. 22-23 (for the above Salon des Miroirs examples)
Les Lalanne, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2010, p. 94-95 (for the above Salon des Miroirs examples), 96 (for related examples)
P. Kasmin, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Art, Work, Life, New York, 2012, n.p. (for a related example)
A. Dannatt, ed., Les Lalanne: Fifty Years of Work 1964-2015, exh. cat., Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, 2015, pp. 68 (for the above Salon des Miroirs examples), 182-197, 203
F.-M. Banier and J.-G. Mitterrand, Claude Lalanne, vol. 2, Montreuil, 2018, pp. 36-37 (for the above Salon des Miroirs examples)
A. Dannatt, François-Xavier & Claude Lalanne: In the Domain of Dreams, New York, 2018, pp. 152-155, 158, 160 (for the above Salon des Miroirs examples) and 157, 244-249, 266 (for related examples)
Les Lalanne À Trianon, exh. cat., Château de Versailles, Paris, Paris, 2021, pp. 48 and 132 (for a related example)
K. Morris, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed, exh. cat. The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 2021, p. 35, fig. 16 (for the above Salon des Miroirs examples)

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Lot Essay

Claude Lalanne designed furniture that served a purpose both in functionality and aesthetics by drawing inspiration from the organic components commonly found in the world around her. The delicate and detailed nature of Claude's designs is due to an electroplating technique that transforms molds and organic material, often plants and animals found near her home in Ury, France, into galvanized copper. The resulting texture and detail project an air of realism not readily found in metalwork. Drawing inspiration from elements of Art Nouveau and surrealism, the sculptural furniture transforms ordinary flora into elements that bend and shape themselves into a form that resembles something familiar. The level of natural realism and the manner in which Claude fashions the branches and leaves into energetic arrangements reaching out, gives an aura of animation despite its copper composition. The designs of the ‘Hosta’ mirror were a favorite of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, who had several covering the walls of their Paris apartment, creating a visual parallel to the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.

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