A few pieces have caught my attention at this year’s Masterpiece at the Royal Chelsea Hospital, but only one stole my heart in a flash. Or, more aptly, in a flutter.
‘The Grasshopper’ (La Sauterelle) by François-Xavier Lalanne is a striking Sèvres porcelain, steel and brass bar created by the artist in Paris in 1970.
The influence of surrealism, art nouveau, modernism and more than hint of baroque can all be found in this eye-catching work of art. But it is the nostalgic journey back in time to a childhood passion for things that we can actively interact with and reshape that does it for me.
The brass compartments within the head and the body of the giant insect serve to store the drinks while the wings tilt to form the shiny counter of the bar. The left wing is signed by the artist.
Though the one I saw is part of an edition of two, it is unlikely that the other would ever become available for clomid precio purchase.
As Charlotte Gaillard of Galerie Chastel-Maréchal explained to me, it was acquired by French President Georges Pompidou and gifted to Queen Elizabeth II on her state visit to France in 1972. It is now part of her art collection.
On the last day of this prestigious fair, ’The Grasshopper’ shows what fairy tales are made of: beauty, craftsmanship, a meticulously balanced combination of practicality and extravagance, not to meantion a giant character with a royal connection.