Ask Casa: Claude Lalanne Sheep Sculptures

Hi Casa,
You featured some imitation Claude Lalanne sheep sculptures in June. I have been looking for these for 10 years, since they were featured in an issue of House & Garden in September 1998! Can you let me know where I can purchase them?
Thanks!
Stily

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Hi Stily,
I don't blame you for seeking out Lalanne's sheep; they're highly coveted objets d'art, and Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne have recently become hotter than ever in the States. Even Marc Jacobs has one! Although the sheep sculptures that I featured in June have since been sold, I've actually found a few other options for you.

The Sheep by After Francois-Xavier Lalanne ($4,800) is from 1975 France. Overall it is in fine vintage condition, but it does have a small loss to one foot and its casters do not roll smoothly.

The Claude Lalanne Attribution Sheep ($5,000) is made of lacquered wood and wool, has slightly matted fur, and its casters do not roll smoothly. On second thought, it may be the same sheep as above, as they're both from the dealer Wright Now.

The French Sheep In the Style of Francois-Xavier Lalanne (inquire for price) is from 1970 France. It is in great condition with only minor scratches on the brass due to age. It has a solid wood body.

My other suggestion to you is to contact 1stdibs, which specializes in antiques and art pieces, and ask them to keep an eye out for you. Until then, perhaps try counting sheep!

Hope that helps,
Casa

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