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James Andrew - Lalanne at Sotheby's

James Andrew – Lalanne at Sotheby’s

As you all no doubt know by now, I’ve had a long-standing appreciation for the work of the husband and wife team, Claude (b. 1924) and Francois-Xavier (1927–2008) Lalanne, having reviewed their sculpture on WIJW more than a few times. You’ll recall I was thrilled to see their work displayed on Park Avenue in 2009, and then later to see curator Peter Marino’s show of their work at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. All this being said, it won’t surprise you when I say that I’m ecstatic about the sale/exhibition of Lalanne now at Sotheby’s — Les Lalanne: The Poetry of Sculpture.

Les Lalanne at Sotheby's

Les Lalanne at Sotheby’s

Curators Paul Kasmin and Michael Shvo focus on some of the most iconic Lalanne pieces, and even went so far as to construct an interior garden to display these sublime surrealist beauties—it’s a splendid show. I so love the unexpected scale, the sense of fantasy, and the playfulness these pieces convey, and I’d certainly jump at the opportunity to incorporate a few of them into the designs (both interior and exterior) I’m currently creating for my clients!

Be sure and visit Sotheby’s to experience these lovely Lalannes in person! They’ll be on exhibit until November 22, 2013.

We’ve made the Lalannes’ luscious Pommes D’Hiver my backdrop for today’s post. I’m sporting a Tom Ford amethyst windowpane plaid wool and silk tweed jacket and purple wool knit tie, Turnbull and Asser purple gingham shirt, Hermes grey silk pocket square, Paul Smith grey wool pants, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle, YSL black leather “Windsor” loafers, Rolex watch, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

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  1. CD says:

    Dear James,

    I want that large-scale bronze Pomme d’Hiver placed indoors next to Cézanne’s tiny (slightly over 15 by 18 inches) Les Pommes of 1889-90 that fetched a hammer price of $37,000,000 at Sotheby’s this past May–if I remember correctly. Plus some real apples on a table next to them… knowlege, temptation, sin!

    Happy purple and grey early November through the enchantment of Royal Water!

  2. James Andrew says:

    My Dear CD,

    You are such a poet!!!

    I love these mixes of purples and greys!

    Hope your Fall is off to a fabulous start!



  3. La Contessa says:

    You are a walking investment!Have you ever thought as you step out your door of your WORTH??
    All lovely but a bit too modern for this Contessa!

  4. James Andrew says:

    My darling La Contessa,

    Why thank you – I hope that others appreciate the value as much as you do.

    Love, Light and Many Blessings


  5. Bill says:

    Magnificent !

  6. James Andrew says:

    Why thank you Bill!

    They certainly are- I just can’t get enough!



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