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François-Xavier LALANNE (French, 1927-2008) Wader lamp, circa 1990 in copper with red patina, gilt bronze and sandblasted glass. Monogrammed "FxL", "Artcurial" publisher's stamp and numbered 13/900. H. 61, W. 68, D. 35 cm . We would like to thank the Lalanne workshop for confirming the authenticity of this work, recorded in its archives under the number 2020/020. Bibliography: A. BONY, "Meubles et décors des années 80", Editions du Regard, Paris, 2012. Similar copy reproduced p. 126. Provenance: - sale in Rennes, Me Jezequel, 23 October 2005, - collection Pierre et Jocelyne Noury, Rennes. Creative couple, François-Xavier (1927-2008) and Claude Lalanne (1925-2019) work the magic of a useful art. Between sculpture and decorative arts their talent tames a bestiary composed of crocodiles, hippopotamuses, sheep, baboons and other waders. A veritable menagerie of bathtubs, fireplaces, seats and lamps... Inspired by Egyptian antiquities and their masters Pompon and Brancusi, François-Xavier explores the world of animals, Claude that of vegetation. Discovered in particular by Yves Saint-Laurent, they gradually established themselves as artists of international stature. In their studio in Ury near Fontainebleau, the couple have never stopped producing sculptures/objects that have become mythical throughout their lives. This is the case of this "stilt-walker lamp", whose celebrity increased during the Bergé / Saint-Laurent sale in 2009, then thanks to the Lalanne retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2010, not to mention the sale of their collection at Sotheby's in 2019. A sign of genius, its design now appears to be a matter of course. Yet it was of great virtuosity, the very throat of the animal is used to diffuse the light. The wings made of metal then act as lampshades, the bird lighting up at the same time as it produces its shadow. Nine hundred copies of our model were published by Artcurial, but paradoxically it is not very common on the ma

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