3 June 2019
Sergei Chekhonin (1878-1936)
Design for the front cover of 'Russkoe iskusstvo'
signed and inscribed 'Serge Tchekhonine Paris' (lower right); further signed in Cyrillic, inscribed in Russian and numbered 'Sergei Vasilevich/Chekhonin/Petrograd.Vas[ilyevsky]. Isl[and]. 12 av. 43 ap., 3/N 12./“Russian Art”/ N/32.' and with inscription 'Vincent Rue des Beaux Arts' (on the reverse) and 'Tchekhonine Serge/1878-1936/Maquette originale pour/“L’Art Russe Decoratif de/G. Loukomski publié par/Vincent Freal à Paris/en 1928./Acquis de Pierre Ino' (on the second sheet)
pencil, ink and watercolour, heightened with white, on card
11 5/8 x 8 ¼ in. (29.4 x 20.9 cm.)
Acquired directly from Pierre Ino (1909-1989), stepson of the artist, by Alexandre Djanchieff in Paris in the early 1980s.
By descent to the present owner.
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A similar design was used as the front cover illustration for the artist and writer Georges Loukomski's novel L'art décoratif russe, Paris, 1928 as well as Igor Grabar's (1871-1960) exhibition catalogue, The Russian art exhibition, New York, 1924.