Christie’s announces the first major U.S. sale of Lalanne

“Sculpture Paradise” | From the collection of Madame Marie Lalanne | From mid-November 2022 | New York.

Christie’s recently announced “Sculpting Paradise”, a series of exceptional auctions of works by Francois Xavier and Claude Lalannewhich will be held in New York starting in mid-November 2022. This will be the first sale of this magnitude ever held in the United States of America for this unique creative couple.

The works come from the collection of Ms Marie Lalannedaughter of the artists, artist herself, French-American citizen and longtime resident of the United States of America.

About 250 lots will be auctioned, in a prestigious sale to be held at Rockefeller Center and in an online sale. The works will be exhibited in their entirety in Christie’s galleries at Rockefeller center before sales.

The collection will offer an insight into the poetic universe and the exceptional creativity of the Lalanne family, with major sculptures such as the Great Shark, the Gorilla Console, the Great Landscape Fish, the Choupatte as well as numerous jewels and works on paper.

The New York sales will be preceded in the fall by an international marketing campaign, including exhibitions of selected works in Los Angeles, Paris and Dubai, digital presentations in Hong Kong and Asia, and panel discussions with specialists. of the first rank dedicated to Lalanne, and a reference catalogue.

Christie's announces the first major U.S. sale of Lalanne

Guillaume Cerutti, Christie’s Managing Director, said: “Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne are among the most talented and original artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. We are particularly proud, thanks to the initiative of their American daughter Marie Lalanne, to be able to present in New York, at the heart of the modern and contemporary art auction season, such an emblematic selection of their artistic universe and their creativity. It is a privilege for our teams around the world to work on this sale, which will consolidate the international recognition that these unique artists deserve.

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Christie’s, the world’s leading art company, achieved auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totaled £2.2bn/$2.8bn. Christie’s is a name and a place that speaks of extraordinary craftsmanship, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers approximately 350 auctions per year in more than 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photography, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history of private sales for clients across all categories, with a focus on post-war and contemporary, impressionist and modern, old masters and jewellery.

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