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    Sale 7461

    Russian Works of Art Including The Rothschild Faberge Egg

    28 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 69 A

    A bronze bust of Mephistopheles


    Price Realised  

    A bronze bust of Mephistopheles
    cast after the model by Mark Antokolskii, 19th century
    Realistically modelled, on naturalistic base, facing right,
    engraved 'ANTOKOLSKY' on base
    9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high

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    The bust is based on a very well known sculpture by Mark Antokolskii representing a seated figure of Mephistopheles created in 1883, now in the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg (inventory number Sk-454), for which the literary source 'Faust' by Goethe was the inspiration. Being one of the sculptor's most popular creations, versions of busts of Mephistopheles were made in bronze and marble, among them the present example.
    (E.V. Kuznetsov M.M. Antokolskii Life and work, Moscow, 1989, pp.140-147, plates 60-64.)
    For further details on the artist see lot 14 in this catalogue.
    For a bronze figure of Mephistopheles on a marble base see Christie's London, 22 October, 1987, lot 154.