A hotly sought after lamb from his famous livestock series left for foreign pastures.
François-Xavier Lalanne (1927–2008), Agneau (Lamb), 2002, bronze and epoxy concrete proof, dated and numbered 219/500, the founder Blanchet’s stamp under the muzzle, 51 x 60 x 18 cm/20.85 x 23.62 x 7.08 in.
Major collectors and important Parisian and Asian galleries vied for François-Xavier Lalanne’s Agneau (Lamb). Starting from an estimate of €50,000/70,000, about 20 phone bidders quickly pushed the price up to €200,000. By then, just three were still in the running until the bidding reached €353,400 to acquire the sculpture, which Lalanne had given to its owner. It will leave its lawn in Seine-et-Marne for abroad.
Line Vautrin made her sunburst by putting beige Talosel cabochons, partially decorated with gold and silver mirrors, at the tips of the rays of her "Sparks" witch mirror. Produced in the 1950s and 1960s, it fetched €44,640, over twice its estimate (dia. 32 cm/12.60 in).
A large Chinese silver bowl made in about 1885 and bearing the workshop mark "Bao Sheng" also exceeded expectations, selling for €29,760. Chased and worked in repoussé, the body features a military review and an offering ceremony in a dignitary’s palace. Dragons form the feet and handles, and one emerges from clouds at the top of the lid (h. 50 cm/19.68 in, weight 4.777 gr/0.168 oz).