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Léon Bakst (1866-1924)
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Léon Bakst (1866-1924)

Costume design for 'Sadko': Boyar

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Léon Bakst (1866-1924)
Costume design for 'Sadko': Boyar
signed 'BAKST' (lower left) and inscribed in Russian with production details (upper right)
pencil, watercolour and gouache, heightened with gold, on paper-fronted board
19 ¼ x 13 in. (48.5 x 32.8 cm.)
Executed in 1911
together with a copy of E. Hoppé & Bert, Studies from The Russian Ballet, London, The Fine Art Society, [1913]
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 15 December 1969, lot 36.
Acquired at the above sale by Sir Denys (1914-2001) and Lady Susan Lasdun (1929-2017).
Literature
'Ballet costumes drawing for £1,450', 1969, illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, Bakst, London, 1973, listed no. 26 as Costumes for eight boyar nobles.
C. Spencer, Leon Bakst, New York, 1973, illustrated p. 97, listed p. 230, no. 69 as Costume design for the eight Boyars.
Exhibited
London, The Fine Art Society, Bakst, 3 December 1973-4 January 1974, no. 26.

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