12 June 2008
Dancer with Veil figure stamped: "C. RIGAULT".
Cold-painted, parcel-gilt and silver bronze, carved ivory on a Porter marble base, 54.5 by 28.5 by 14.5 cm.
Provenance: Private collection.
Literature: Art Deco Sculpture: from Root to Flourishing, Vol 2, Russian House Art Deco, 2008-2009.
The desire to give the impression of flight was inspired by Russian ballet and the great artistry of Russian dancers, who appeared to defy the laws of physics. The main performer of the time, Vatslav Nijinsky, was famous for his ability to seemingly levitate, being able to hang suspended in the air during a jump, creating the effect of flight. One of his most effective tricks was his jump in the ballet Ghost of a Rose, in which, leaving the stage, he rose in the air and landed in the wings, leaving the spectator to speculate how long the jump lasted.
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