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Claude Lalanne and Eileen Gray Reunited in Success

Published on , by Anne Doridou-Heim
Auction on 27 October 2022 - 15:00 (CEST) - Salle 9 - Hôtel Drouot - 75009

Two natural, poetic works by the legendary husband and wife, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, stood on a pine table by Eileen Gray.

Claude Lalanne (1905-2019), pair of two gilt bronze and galvanized copper two-light... Claude Lalanne and Eileen Gray Reunited in Success

Claude Lalanne (1905-2019), pair of two gilt bronze and galvanized copper two-light sconces decorated with birds, branches and foliage: unique pieces signed and dated 2007, 41 x 30 x 10/16.1 x 11.8 x 3.9 in. and 45 x 30 x 10 cm/17.7 x 11.8 x 3.9 in.
Result: €325,000

In 2003, François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008) created the large Oiseau de Peter, a delicate Peter bird perched on a leafy branch. A bronze reduction was soon produced in a rare edition of eight. One of them flew over the city and through the window, landing gracefully at €208,000. This model is less mischievous than others, though still inspired by nature, as with all Lalanne’s creations. It echoes this pair of gilt bronze and galvanized copper two-light sconces, also sporting birds, created by his wife Claude in 2007: one-of-a-kind pieces that garnered €325,000 (see photo). Here their two parallel worlds, each with its own modus operandi, met in the form of a bird.

In the design section, Irish architect Eileen Gray played to her strengths as an outsider with a modernist console table featuring a geometrically cut Oregon pine top on a gilt metal tubular base. She created the model in around 1935 for her E-1027 Villa in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, and also used it in her other residences, including her apartment in Rue Bonaparte in Paris. When her collection was sold at Sotheby's in Monte-Carlo on May 25, 1980, this example went to a private collector. Here, it fetched €136,500 (see photo). Oregon pine (Pseudotsuga menziesii to those in the know) was one of her favorite materials: she used it repeatedly, pressing, brushing, staining and cutting it—the technique we see here, where the shape of the top evokes various compositions she used in her carpets.

Eileen Gray (1878-1976), modernist console table with geometrically carved top in patinated Oregon pine on a chrome-plated tubular metal b

Eileen Gray (1878-1976), modernist console table with geometrically carved top in patinated Oregon pine on a chrome-plated tubular metal base, c. 1935, 68 x 142 x 52 cm/26.7 x 55.9 x 20.5 in.
Result: €136,500

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