3 June 2004
Sir Cecil Beaton, C.B.E. (1904-1980)
The Countess at Home
signed 'BEATON' (lower right) and inscribed 'COUNTESS/AT HOME/Scene 106' (lower right) and further inscribed 'Ecru coloured satin sheath covered with thick string coloured lace-/selfsame silk frogs/dark violet velvet ribbon, slicing costume, is held with shoulder knot/diamond brooch' (lower right)
pencil, black ink, watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with white
20 x 14 in. (50.8 x 35.6 cm.)
The Studio of the Late Sir Cecil Beaton, C.B.E.; Christie's, London, 7 June 1984, lot 104 (part lot).
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The present work and Louise (see lot 204) are costume designs for The Truth about Women, a film from 1958 starring Laurence Harvey, Julie Harris, Diane Cilento, Mai Zetterling and Eva Gabor, directed by Sydney and Muriel Box.
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