The Carp, the Lioness and the Chicory: From Lalanne to Majorelle

On 19 March 2021, by Philippe Dufour

Largely devoted to 20th-century decorative arts, the Chantilly sale featured pieces by Lalanne, Guyot and Majorelle based on nature and animals.

François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008), Carp, resin covered with gold leaf, signed, monogrammed and numbered 145/250, edited by Artcurial, 30 x 56 cm (11.81 x 22.04 in).
Result: €78,750

François-Xavier Lalanne made this appealing resin carp covered with gold leaf for Artcurial: it bears his signature, his monogram and the number "145/250". the fish makes a starry appearance in several reference works about the artist and his wife Claude, including Robert Rosenblum’s Les Lalanne (Skira, 1991, page 45) and Daniel Marchesseau’s Les Lalanne (Flammarion, 1998, page 6). The creatures' price indexes continue rising: this splendid specimen landed €78,750.

Georges-Lucien Guyot, another close observer of animal psychology, made a powerful Lionne tête levee (Lioness Raising her head). the bronze sculpture with a black patina, signed on the base and bearing the inscription "Susse frères éditeurs Paris", roared off at €31,250.

On the more utilitarian side, a complete set of carved and molded oak dining room furniture by Louis Majorelle fetched €28,750. The set, illustrating the "Chicorée" model decorated with cut-out chicory leaves, includes a table (74 x 156 x 129 cm/29.13 x 61.41 x 50.78 in), eight chairs (100 x 43 x 48 cm/39.37 x 16.92 x 18.89 in), a two-tiered buffet (lower part 102 x 224 x 57 cm/40.15 x 88.18 x 22.44 in), a sideboard (45 x 122 x 138 cm/17.71 x 48.03 x 54.33 in), a mirror (191 x 140 cm/75.19 x 55.11 in) and a wall clock (113 x 37 x 19 cm/44.48 x 14.56 x 7.48 in). Meanwhile, a "Gerbera" sunburst mirror—thoroughly bewitching, of course—from around 1960 by Line Vautrin in talosel (a type of resin) inlaid with iridescent glass pieces and garnets (diam. 29 cm/11.41 in), signed on the back, sold for €36,250.

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