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    Sale 7472

    Valuable Russian Books and Manuscripts

    29 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 197

    GONCHAROVA, Natalia -- PUSHKIN, Aleksandr. Conte de Tsar Saltan et de son fils le glorieux et puissant Prince Guidon Saltanovitch et de sa belle Princesse Cygne. Translated from the Russian by Claude Anet. Paris: Éditions de la Sirène, 1921.

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    GONCHAROVA, Natalia -- PUSHKIN, Aleksandr. Conte de Tsar Saltan et de son fils le glorieux et puissant Prince Guidon Saltanovitch et de sa belle Princesse Cygne. Translated from the Russian by Claude Anet. Paris: Éditions de la Sirène, 1921.

    4° (290 x 220mm). Lithographed borders throughout and 10 full-page illustrations after Goncharova all coloured by pochoir. (Occasional light soiling.) Uncut and loose, as issued, in the original lithographed portfolio. Original watercolour (c.230 x c.150mm) on a sheet of wove paper (283 x 215mm), signed 'N. Goncharova', laid-in loose in the portfolio. Provenance: Claude Anet (inscription; by descent to the present owner).

    WITH AN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR BY GONCHAROVA. THE TRANSLATOR'S OWN COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION ILLUSTRATED BY GONCHAROVA. The watercolour, showing the merchant ship sailing past Buian Island, is reproduced as the seventh pochoir in the series. ABPC does not record any copy with original artwork selling at auction in more than 30 years. Claude Anet was a war correspondent in Moscow and St. Petersburg. During the Revolution he was imprisoned by the Bolsheviks, escaped, and settled in Paris where he met Goncharova. When she offered him a watercolour he specifically asked for the ship -- Anet loved the sea, having made his escape from the Bolsheviks by sea. Anet befriended a number of artists in Paris including Bonnard, who illustrated one of his books and painted a portrait of his daughter (now in the Norton Simon Museum, Los Angeles), and Vuillard, who painted 'Lunch at Vasouy' for Anet (now in the National Gallery, London). This copy, printed for Anet and un-numbered, is on the better quality Japon Impérial paper, the bulk of the edition being on Vélin de Rives.


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