April 17, 2019
Claude Lalanne, a sculptor with a whimsical streak whose metalwork included quirky cutlery, an apple with lips, and bronze cabbages standing on chicken legs, died in Fontainebleau, France. She was 93.
Lalanne’s works tended to be smaller and often drew on imagery from the botanical kingdom, as with elegant candelabra reminiscent of entwined branches or mirrors framed by bronze foliage. She found inspiration in the gardens at the couple’s home in Ury, south of Paris. “I never stop walking in the garden,” she told The Financial Times two years ago, “looking at what is there and using what I grow.”
She meant that in a very real way. In addition to her sculptures, Ms. Lalanne made jewelry, often using an electroplating process, in which something from her garden — a leaf, a twig — would be immersed in a bath of sulfuric acid and copper sulfate, leaving it with a delicate copper coating.