Claude Lalanne


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Quote, estimation and price of the artist Claude Lalanne

Price of a piece of furniture: 45,000 – 1 500,000 €.

Price of a sculpture: 1,300-1 300,000 €.

Price of a lamp: 12,500 – 1,500,000 €.

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Claude Lalanne’s youth

Claude Lalanne is a French sculptor known for her furniture and metal jewellery, but was best known for her sculptures. Born in Paris in 1924, she studied architecture at the School of Fine Arts and at the School of Decorative Arts. She met her husband in a gallery in 1952 and although she was a successful artist, Claude Lalanne was also known for her co-creations with her husband François-Xavier Lalanne. The couple became famous under the name “Les Lalanne” (The Lalannes).

In 1956, they decided to work together, co-signing the Jardin des Halles in Paris.

A series of commissions by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in the mid-1960s brought them international renown.

Claude Lalanne exhibited her work for the first time in 1964 at the Claude Bernard Gallery in Paris. Her works have since been included in the collections of major institutions such as Cooper Hewitt and the National Design Museum in New York, the Centre Pompidou and the Musée national d’art moderne in Paris.

Right up until her final years Claude Lalanne made jewellery in her inimitable style at her home in Ury, south of Paris. Natural shapes such as a leaf or a flower are bathed in copper sulphate, through which a current flows. Copper clings to the organic material to create a perfect replica, defying the boundaries between art and design. In June 2016, the uniquely shaped organic chandelier produced by Claude Lalanne for Zeineb and Jean-Marie Rivière in 1996 sold for over $2 million at Christie’s Paris.

Claude Lalanne’s inspirations

Going against the grain, the Lalannes found inspiration in the traditional shapes and lines and the textures found in nature. While the period is more conducive to Pop art, conceptual art and abstract art. Claude was particularly inspired by plants and flowers while François-Xavier was more interested in animals.

In 1976, the singer Serge Gainsbourg named an album after Claude Lalanne’s sculpture, L’Homme à la tête de chou, and placed it on the cover of the album.

In February 2009, at the sale of the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé collection, the fifteen Miroirs aux branchages sold for $1,857,000. This is a new record for these mirrors, which were made between 1974 and 1985.

The main works of Claude Lalanne

Fauteuil Crocodile I (1972)

La Dormeuse (1994)

Le Lapin de Victoire (2001)

Trône de Pauline (2011)

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