13 June 2008
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE FOUNDATION
FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE (b. 1927)
'Oiseau de Pierre' A Patinated Bronze Figure of a Bird, 1985
number 2 from an edition of 8 plus 4 artist's proofs
7½ in. (19 cm.) high, 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm.) wide
marked François Lalanne FXL LALANNE 84
Pierre and Maria Gaetana Matisse, New York (acquired from the artist). Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
cf. D. Marchesseau, The Lalannes, Paris, 1998, pp. 98-99 for a photograph of a much larger version of this bird in the Lalannes' studio.
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.
Why this iconic piece, offered in New York on 20 June, represented a ‘moment of profound transition’ for its creator — and for furniture design itself
From Prouvé to Perriand, Lalanne to Leleu and more, illustrated with covetable pieces coming up for auction in New York on 20 June
Discover more about husband-and-wife team François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne, whose nature-based sculptures and decorative arts are hugely in vogue
Christie’s Decorative Arts and Design specialists reveal the people, places and spaces that spark their senses
Interior designer Tino Zervudachi discusses the totemic appeal of a Gilbert Valentin vase made in the early 1950s
As Christie’s offers 178 works from his personal collection, the illustrator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory offers us a glimpse of his creative process
Christie’s is auctioning some of Thomas Chippendale's most iconic designs, 300 years since the birth of Britain’s most famous furniture maker