Sonia Colefax was one of the most colourful Russian émigrés to have arrived in America in the early 1920s. Educated in Europe before the Revolution, she emigrated to New York in 1922 and owned a dacha on Long Island, designed by an émigré Russian architect. It became a mecca for Russian artists and American high society, who were entertained by the resident gypsy singer and catered for by a Russian cook. Colefax built the core of her collection of Russian art between 1924 and 1930. The present lot was purchased after the 1924 Russian Art Exhibition in New York together with Boris Kustodiev's In the Provinces (1920) and Sergei Vinogradov's Lady in Interior (1924).
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