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    François-Xavier Lalanne (French, 1927-2008)
    Le Metaphore, 2002, Clementi Fondeur
    White bronze
    12-1/2 x 21 x 6-1/2 inches (31.8 x 53.3 x 16.5 cm)
    1 of an edition of 8 plus 4 artist's proofs
    Signed FXL and stamped LE METAPHORE, CLEMENTI FONDEUR, 1/8


    Paul Kasmin Galleries, New York.

    Le Metaphore relates to his work Canard Sur L'Eau, installed at Les Lalanne at Fairchild in Miami, as well as plans for a full-sized boat in the shape of a duck, titled Canard-Bateau. The creation of a decorative duck that also functions as a boat that will float when placed on water demonstrates Francois-Xavier Lalanne's interest in surrealistic tropes and exploration of perception.

    More information about François-Xavier Lalanne, also known as Lalanne, François-Xavier, Lalanne, François Xavier, Lalannes, François-Xavier, François-Xavier Lalanne, Les Lalanne.

    Condition Report*: Overall good condition and excellent condition, with intentional brushed texture to surface, various degrees of patination throughout, and a few areas of verdigris, especially to soldered joints.
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    October, 2019
    1st Tuesday
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