• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2308

    Russian Art

    23 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 251

    Prince Paul Troubetzkoy (1866-1938)

    BUST OF MARGARET STEWART

    Price Realised  

    Prince Paul Troubetzkoy (1866-1938)
    Bust of Margaret Stewart
    signed and dated on the base 'Paul Troubetzkoy 1912' and with Valsuani foundry mark
    bronze with brown-green patina
    20 7/8 in. (53 cm.) high


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    In January 1912, Troubetzkoy was crossing the Atlantic on the RMS Olympic en route to exhibitions of his work in Chicago and St. Louis. Also on board was a twelve-year-old girl, Margaret Stewart, returning home to Vancouver after two years attending school in England. The girl charmed the passengers, including the sculptor, who asked her to sit for him. By the end of the voyage, a wax bust had been completed and was on display. The January 18, 1912 edition of the New York Herald reports that, upon disembarking, Miss Stewart declared that Prince Troubetzkoy was "her Prince and the most wonderful in the world."

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NORTH CAROLINA PRIVATE COLLECTION


    Literature

    G. Piantoni and P. Venturoli, exhibition catalogue, Paolo Troubetzkoy 1866-1938, Verbania Pallanza, Museo del Paesaggio, Pallazo Viani Dugnani, 1990, p. 205, No. 163.