Claude Lalanne, Eileen Gray and Line Vautrin were the leaders in a sale reflecting International Women's Day.
Claude Lalanne (1925-2019), Two chairs "aux branchettes" in gold-patinated bronze and brass, one numbered 4/8F (reproduced), the other 2/8G, 2010, 80 x 34 x 40 cm/31.5 x 1.4 x 15.7 in.
In our March 3 edition, we reported on this sale exploring a century of women's art, with part of the proceeds going to "Toutes à l'école" (Everyone in School), the association founded by Tina Kieffer promoting education for girls in Cambodia. Among the 80 works on offer, Claude Lalanne's garnered the most acclaim. Two chairs "aux branchettes" (twigs) in gold-patinated bronze and brass, models edited in 2010, went for €104,000 each. Here we can appreciate the influence of nature that guided the sculptor's work throughout her life. She made use of electroplating, molding disparate plant elements and bringing them together without any preconceptions in new, harmonious combinations. Though immobilized in metal, they seem full of sap. By the Irishwoman Eileen Gray (1878-1976), another great name in design, a pair of bookends (h. 10 cm/3.9 in.) in solid patinated Oregon pine of c.1922, fetched €28,600, while Line Vautrin (1913-1997) garnered €52,000 for a Roman mirror (diam. 23.5 cm/9.6 in.) in bronze-toned talosel with small inlaid glass plaques.