A Monumental Claude Lalanne and a World Record for Isabelle Waldberg

On 08 October 2021, by Sophie Reyssat

Claude Lalanne's bronze The Rape of Europa was the star piece of this collection, while the French-Swiss Isabelle Waldberg achieved a world record.

Claude Lalanne (1925-2019), L'Enlèvement d'Europe, bronze with brown patina signed with initials and workshop stamp, numbered "/1 CL LALANNE", 200 x 85 x 202 cm/78.7 x 33.5 x 79.5 in).
Result: €1,235,000

With the sale of the contemporary art collection started by Guy Landon for CEDEP (European Center for Continuing Education), one chapter ended for the Fontainebleau-based institution, and another opened for its works. While the sale of La Science (Science) and La Loi (Law), two monumental concrete sculptures by François-Xavier Lalanne—more difficult to sell—will most likely take place after the auction, this bronze by Claude Lalanne, L'Enlèvement d'Europe, was quickly snapped up by an American collector, who is taking it to Palm Beach. At €1.235 M, this was the highest price ever obtained for this group. Eight others were edited in addition to this one, specially created in 1990 to embellish the garden of the training institute. Only one of them has been sold at auction to date.

Another garden sculpture, Le Cyprès dans la cour (The Cypress in the Courtyard), set a world record at €59,800 for Isabelle Waldberg. This bronze with a green-brown patina, with the founder's stamp "Clementi cire perdue Meudon", is one of eight cast in 1974 (230 x 45 x 48 cm/90.6 x 17.7 x 18.9 in). The Swiss artist turned to a totemic style bordering on abstraction after her discovery of Eskimo masks and ephemeral works by the Navajo Indians.

The wool tapestries woven from Sonia Delaunay's cartoons also topped their estimates: €49,400 went to Contrepoint (Counterpoint, 225 x 175 cm/88.6 x 68.9 in), and €46,800 to Finistère (180 x 92 cm/70.9 x 36.2 in), executed in around 1970 in editions of six and eight respectively by the Pinton workshops in Aubusson.

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