Modern and natural works were the core of this sale devoted to Claude Lalanne, Raoul Dufy and Jean-Michel Atlan.
Claude Lalanne (1925–2019), Lapin-Chou I (Rabbit-Cabbage I), bronze proof with a shaded bronze and copper patina, numbered 5/8, 25 x 30 x 17.5 cm/9.84 x 11.81 x 6.89 in.
As Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne’s animals go on display in the Trianon Gardens at Versailles (June 19 to October 10), a proof of Claude’s leaf-collared Lapin-Chou I (Rabbit-Cabbage I) fetched €194,500 at auction. Marie-Antoinette would certainly have liked this most original work for one of her pastoral gardens. Lalanne's poetic world started with imprints, casts and electroplating to freeze natural forms before turning them into sculpture, furniture or mirrors in an ornamental baroque spirit. Their poetry, humor and charm work like magic.
While the musée de Montmartre hosts a Raoul Dufy (1877–1953) show based on the theme of Paris (until September 12), his 1909 Cavalier et promeneur au bois (Rider and Walker in the Woods, 38 x 46 cm/14.96 x 18.11 in) sold for €93,980. It still has a Fauvist streak, but fluid lines soon replaced flat colors.
paintings by French artist Jean-Michel Atlan (1913–1960) from the collection of Camille Atlan, his sister, and her husband, Jacques Polieri, also met with success. The unique collection coming almost exclusively from the painter's studio includes oils, pastels, drawings, archives and poetic manuscripts revealing that as a young philosophy professor, Atlan was deeply involved in the French Resistance. The 60 lots netted a total of €424,484. Two untitled paintings in the muted tones he liked so much—one from 1955 (100 x 64 cm/39.37 x 25.20 in), the other from 1954 (64.5 x 50 cm/25.39 x 19.68 in)—received the highest bids: €67,310 and 66,040.
The afternoon focusing on the 20th century concluded with a total result of €1,287,260. The only false note was George Fullerton’s guitar "The Queen", which failed to electrify the crowd.