FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE

Moutons de Pierre (Troupeau de 3). Exceptional set of two sheep and one lamb in epoxy stone with original patina and patinated bronze also with original patina.


Each piece is monogrammed F.X.L. under the muzzle. First sheep numbered 138/250 dated 1989. Second sheep numbered 144/250 dated 1989. Lamb numbered 92/500 dated 1997 foundry mark Blanchet.


Model of the sheep created in 1979, cast and delivered in 1989 and of the lamb in 1997, delivered the same year.


Dimensions For each sheep: 87 x 98 x 42 cm (34.2 x 38.6 x 16.5 inches) For the lamb: 50,8 x 15,2 x 58,4 cm. (20 x 6 x 23 in.)


Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Madame X, close personal friend of the Lalannes.


Exhibited: Les Lalanne, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, March 17 to July 4, 2010. Gallery Gerald Peters; Santa Fe, NM. August 2000.


This iconic set of two sheep and a lamb is a perfect synthesis of Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s oeuvre. Ancient Egyptian influences mingle with those of the great sculptors of the 20th century - Francois Pompon, Eduard-Marcel Sandoz and of course Constantin Brancusi. This amusing trio exudes humor and irony for which the artist is well known.

 

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