Lalanne 'Mouton' model sheep auctions for $341,000

"Mouton", a circa 1986 Francois-Xavier Lalanne-designed model sheep has sold for $341,000 as part of Sotheby's New York sale of Important 20th Century Design (June 12).

Lalanne Mouton
“Mouton” model sheep were made in limited quantities and are very sought after today

The price represents a 13.7% increase on the work's $300,000 valuation.

New York Times art critic Gloria Emerson writes of Lalanne's "Moutons": "They're not furniture, they're not sculpture - just call them Lalannes."

Lalanne is known for his quirky, occasionally surreal take on art and design. He shot to fame after French musician Serge Gainsbourg chose a work by Lalanne to feature on the cover of his 1976 release, L'Homme a Tete Chou (Man with Cabbage Head).

A similarly a-functional bronze ape by the late French artist and furniture designer sold for $413,000 earlier this month, while an auction featuring a flock of 10 Lalanne sheep made a record $7.5m in December 2012.

A rare silver coffee service by late American designer Paul Lobel led the present auction.

The striking Paul Lobel coffee service

The modernist service, which comprises a coffee pot, sugar bowl, creamer and a tray, made $449,000 - a 349% increase on its $100,000 high estimate.

Created circa 1934, the silver coffee service is fresh to the market. Having been given to Frances Alice Davidson and William Charles Sonnhalter as a wedding gift in 1938, the service had remained with the pair's family until yesterday's auction.

Several works by Tiffany Studios also contributed to total sales of $4.7m.

A rare, turn of the century "dragonfly and waterflowers" table lamp sold for $257,000, while an elegant Tiffany Studios "peony border" standing lamp made $221,000.

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