Rhinocrétaire II)

François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008)
France, 1966
Brass, rhinoceros horn, wood sheathed in polished brass sheet, leather, steel
Acquisition of the Rhinocrétaire II made possible thanks to the generous donation of Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten / GRoW @ Annenberg
Inv. 2010.1.1
© ADAGP, Paris / MAD, Paris / photo : Jean Tholance

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This spectacular Rhinoceros is one of the most emblematic works of the half-poetic, half-surrealist world of the sculptor and engraver François-Xavier Lalanne. The metal carapace shows the perfect handling of brass by craft workers. It can be opened to reveal a desk with several storage areas. This theme of the “utilitarian” animal became recurrent in the artist’s work: sheep chairs, hippopotamus bath, gorilla mantelpiece.

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