7 June 2017 Russian Art Auctions

7 Jun 2017

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Bluebird, Costume Design for the Ballet “The Sleeping Princess”

148. BAKST, LÉON (1866-1924)

Bluebird, Costume Design for the Ballet “The Sleeping Princess”, signed, inscribed “M’Idsikovsky/5 acte/raccourir/la largeur du jupon”, titled and dated 1921.

Pencil and watercolour, heightened with gold and silver, on paper, 33 by 24 cm, 33 by 24 cm.
18,000-25,000 GBP


The present lot is a costume design for Stanilslas Idzikowski as Bluebird in Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Princess ballet, partly re-orchestrated by Igor Stravinsky and premiered by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company at the Alhambra Theatre in London on 2 November 1921.

Provenance: Sotheby’s London, 4 March 1982, lot 19.

Exhibited: Danser vers la Gloire. L’Âge d’Or des Ballets Russes, Ravenscourt Galleries, Paris, 17–23 September 2008.
Schwäne und Feuervögel. Le Ballet Russes, Deutsches Theatermuseum, Munich, 17 February–24 May 2009.
Schwäne und Feuervögel. Le Ballet Russes, Das Österreichische Theatermuseum, Vienna, 25 June–27 September 2009.

Literature: Exhibition catalogue, Danser vers la Gloire. L’Âge d’Or des Ballets Russes, Paris, 2008, p. 26, illustrated and listed.


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