Sudeikin arrived in New York from Paris in 1922, already well-known internationally for his work as a designer for Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes. Americans were excited to welcome him; the New York Times featured an article on the day of his arrival titled 'Sergei Soudeikine Arrives' (August 13, 1922). During his time in the United States, Sudeikin was both productive and successful: throughout the 1920s and 1930s, he worked on multiple shows on Broadway and for the Metropolitan Opera and was appointed art director of Radio City Music Hall in 1935, along with Boris Aronson and Albert Johnson.
Throughout his career, Sudeikin incorporated images of puppets, dolls and other toys in many of his compositions, influenced by his own work for the stage and the 'art of play'. Sudeikin and his wife Vera had accumulated a substantial doll and toy collection themselves and occasionally, Sudeikin would feature small porcelain figurines in his work, against a scenic backdrop. As with the toys, the effect was playful and even mischievous, as if the figurines had lives of their own. The present lot features an 18th century pastoral statuette that appears to be by Meissen. It sits in front of a scenic painting of an idyllic country town.