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Sheep Are Making Their Mark

Publié le , par Anne Doridou-Heim

Alone or in flocks, sheep have left their mark on European history.

€434,020François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008), Mouton de pierre (Stone Sheep), c. 1985,... Sheep Are Making Their Mark

€434,020
François-Xavier Lalanne
(1927-2008), Mouton de pierre (Stone Sheep), c. 1985, epoxy concrete and aluminum, 88 x 98 x 40 cm/34.64 x 38.58 x 15.74 in.
Paris, avenue Kléber, December 21, 2021. Pierre Bergé & Associés OVV

It is not well known but, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, sheep were weaponized in the trade war between France and England. Spain had the finest breeds, which were jealously guarded. But in 1786, King Carlos III gave his cousin Louis XVI a flock of merinos whose superfine wool was coveted by European courts. The flock was installed in Rambouillet, a place specially fitted out by Napoleon I, who pampered them, and intended as a sort of showcase of excellence. The peaceful ruminant was exhibited at all the major 19th-century international exhibitions. No stone was left unturned to produce quality wool, for the stakes were high: control of a nascent industry.

Prices shown include fees.
€4,445Jean-Baptiste Huet (1745-1811), Quatre têtes de moutons (Four Heads of Sheep), 1768, pierre noire, traces of red chalk, watercolor a

€4,445
Jean-Baptiste Huet
(1745-1811), Quatre têtes de moutons (Four Heads of Sheep), 1768, pierre noire, traces of red chalk, watercolor and wash, 25.6 x 41 cm/10.08 x 16.14 in.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, October 25, 2019, Beaussant Lefèvre & Associés OVV, M. Auguier

€41,600Florence Jacquesson (born 1962), Mouton au coquelicot (Sheep with Poppy), bronze with grey and black patina, 67 x 104 x 40 cm/26.38

€41,600
Florence Jacquesson
(born 1962), Mouton au coquelicot (Sheep with Poppy), bronze with grey and black patina, 67 x 104 x 40 cm/26.38 x 40.94 x 15.74 in.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, June 24, 2019, Gros & Delettrez OVV

€845Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899), Mouton broutant (Grazing Sheep), bronze with brown patina, h. 16/6.30, l. 20.5 cm/8.07 in.Paris, Hôtel Drouo

€845
Rosa Bonheur
(1822-1899), Mouton broutant (Grazing Sheep), bronze with brown patina, h. 16/6.30, l. 20.5 cm/8.07 in.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, April 9, 2021, Binoche et Giquello OVV

























 
€14,880Rosa Bonheur (1825-1899), Moutons et bélier dans une bergerie (Sheep and ram in a sheepfold), 1899, watercolor and gouache, 24 x 33

€14,880
Rosa Bonheur
(1825-1899), Moutons et bélier dans une bergerie (Sheep and ram in a sheepfold), 1899, watercolor and gouache, 24 x 33.5 cm/9.44 x 13.18 in.
Les Andelys, November 27, 2021,
Paris, Hôtel des Ventes des Andelys OVV. M. Tellier

€3,349Manufacture d’Aubusson, Paysage animé d’une bergère et de ses moutons (Animated Landscape with a Shepherdess and Her Sheep), woolen

€3,349
Manufacture d’Aubusson
, Paysage animé d’une bergère et de ses moutons (Animated Landscape with a Shepherdess and Her Sheep), woolen tapestry, 306 x 200 cm/120.47 x 78.74 in.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, February 25, 2022, Coutau-Bégarie OVV

€89,600Italie, époque Renaissance. Agneau, marbre blanc, 42 x 36,7 x 30 cm.Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 2 avril 2021. L’Huillier & Associés OVV. M

€89,600
Italy, Renaissance period
. Lamb, white marble, 42 x 36,7 x 30 cm/16.53 x 14.44 x 11.81 in.
Paris, Hôtel Drouot, April 2, 2021. L’Huillier & Associés OVV. M. Froissart.

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