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Singe Alternatif SIII

Singe Alternatif SIII
monogrammed and numbered 'FxL 8/8' (to the proper right leg) and with foundry mark 'bocquel fd.' (above the tail)
gilt bronze
29 3/8 x 6 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (74.5 x 16 x 20 cm.)
Executed in 2007
Ben Brown Fine Arts, London.
Acquired from the above by Robin Hambro in 2007.
For the same model :
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, exh. cat., Paris, JGM. Gallery, March-April 2013, pp. 59, 64-65.

For a similar model :
D. Abadie, Lalanne(s), Paris, 2008, p. 342.
Les Lalanne, exh. cat., Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 17 March - 4 July 2010, pp. 108, 112, 114.
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne, New York, 2012 (n. p.).
A. Dannatt, François-Xavier & Claude Lalanne. In the Domain of Dreams, New York, 2018, p. 18.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

In 1949, before he embraced sculpture as a career, François-Xavier Lalanne would wander around the Antiquities galleries of the Louvre as a security guard. In this austere and formal environment, he would study reliefs and sculptures at night - particularly those of Ancient Egypt - sitting for hours in front of The Seated Scribe (inv. E 3023). There, his eye registered shapes, curves and the specific stylisation of ancient statuary; and in his mind the foundations were laid of his future sculptural vocabulary, which can clearly be seen in these two Singes: the figures have hieratic features and are illuminated by serene smiles, like that of the figure of Thoth as a Baboon, made around 500 BC (inv. AF2350).
“An infinite repertoire of shapes linked to a universal symbolism” (François-Xavier Lalanne in D. Marchesseau, Les Lalanne, Paris, 1998, p. 38), the animal motif suffused François-Xavier Lalanne’s Oeuvre, which throughout his entire career was populated by animals of an exceptionally symbolic nature, the most noteworthy being the sheep and the monkey, with both invading homes and cities far away from their natural habitats; in the same way these two Singes have been made to climb fireplace mantels and tables.
A highly sought-after model by Lalanne, only two gilt-bronze pairs of Singes have been offered at auction, one pair in 2022 and another pair in 2020, from the Collection of Felix Rohatyn, which established the record for the model. This playful duo therefore represent an exceptional chance to rediscover François-Xavier Lalanne's enchanted world.

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