• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5810

    Russian Art

    3 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 19

    Alexandre Benois (1870-1960)

    Costume design for 'Petrouchka': The Moor

    Price Realised  


    Alexandre Benois (1870-1960)
    Costume design for 'Petrouchka': The Moor
    signed with initials 'AB' (lower right) and inscribed with costume notes
    pencil, wax crayon, ink and gouache on paper
    15 x 10 in. (38 x 26 cm.)

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    This design was executed circa 1925 for the production of Petrouchka in Milan.
    There is a drawing of Josephine Baker as Joan of Arc on the reverse.

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    Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London, no. C2585 as 'Le costume de nègre'.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 10 March 1971, lot 115 as 'Nègre au cimeterre'.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's London, 3 December 1971, lot 103 as 'Le costume de nègre'.

    Pre-Lot Text