12 June 2009
PARIS c. 1730 -- [French artist, 2nd quarter of the 18th century.] Collection of nine pairs of watercolor drawings (225 x 175 mm) of male and female ballet dancers. Mounted on 20th-century album leaves (465 x 325 mm) with multiple gilt and green-wash borders, in 18th-century French gold-tooled red morocco, dentelle border of drawer handles and floral pointillé on sides, spine decorated in compartments, gilt edges, (spine of binding defective at head and foot, some other wear). Provenance: Rudolf Ritter von Gutmann of Vienna (1880-1966), with armorial bookplate; Galerie Kornfeld, auction sale 201 (June 1989, lot 131 purchased by Gourary).
FINE SERIES of 18 watercolors, the majority HEIGHTENED WITH SILVER. The costumes (country, butterflies, putto heads, Chinese, Turkish) and stage props (vines, torch, key) seem to indicate these charming figures in specific ballet/opera roles. Extremely well preserved, the colors entirely fresh.
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