Lot 53: Bernard Rancillac, Elephant Chair, France, 1966
October 20, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Fibreglass; iron blackened
Design: Bernard Rancillac (b. 1931) - French sculptor and painter; representative of ‘Nouvelle Figuration’
Manufacture: 1985, Michel Roudillon
Embossed signature and edition number ‘Rancillac 37/100’ on the reverse
Black seat in the form of a stylized elephant onto iron frame with horseshoe foot
Dimensions of seat: circa 118 x 137 x 90 cm
The ‘Fauteil Éléphant’ (elephant chair) is the most well-known design of Rancillac. It was exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1968
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The chair was first produced in 1966 in an edition of 20 copies. The later chairs were carried out in five different colors. It was planned to produce a number of 80 pieces in order to achieve a total edition of 100 copies. In fact, in 1985 only 30 chairs were manufactured so that the total edition is only 50 pieces contrary to the numbering on the chair.
The chair is in good condition, showing only the lightest traces of usages to the seat. The iron foot shows little paint losses. The dimensions of the seat are circa 118 x 137 x 90 cm.
Bernard Rancillac (born 1931)
Born in Paris, Bernard Rancillac first trained to become an art teacher at the studio of Guillaume de Met Penninghen. There he made the acquaintance of the artist Bernard Aubertin. In 1955, he installed his own studio in Bourg-la-Reine, and continued to work as a professor. From 1959 to 1962, he studied the technique of etching in the studio of Stanley William Hayter; In 1961, he was awarded the prize for painting at the Biennale in Paris. In 1963, Rancillac was involved in the formation of the ‘Nouvelle Figuration’ movement at the Gallery Fels, being today considered the most original representative of the group. Rancillac currently lives and works in Paris. (cko)
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