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Prince Paul Troubetzkoy
RUSSIAN
PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN SEATED
Estimation
35 00050 000
Lot. Vendu 87,500 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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130
Prince Paul Troubetzkoy
RUSSIAN
PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN SEATED
Estimation
35 00050 000
Lot. Vendu 87,500 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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19th and 20th Century Sculpture Including Romantics to Deco: A Parisian Collection

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Prince Paul Troubetzkoy
1866-1938
RUSSIAN
PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN SEATED
signed and dated: Paul Troubetzkoy Paris 1906 and stamped: CIRE PERDUE A.A. HEBRARD
bronze, dark brown patina
46 by 48 by 48.5cm., 18 1/8  by 18 7/8  by 19 1/8 in.
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Description

Prince Paul Troubetzkoy was uniquely placed to capture the glittering world of the international elite at the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth centuries. His father was an aristocratic Russian diplomat, his mother an American opera singer. He was born at Lake Maggiore in Italy and he spent his professional life between Moscow, Paris and New York. His social status and artistic accomplishment made him a celebrity in his own right and he was very much part of the world he depicted.

The society portrait was his especial preserve, with a particular emphasis on the seated figure. The pose was an awkward proposition in three-dimensions and in the relatively small dimensions of a statuette, but Troubetzkoy mastered it with aplomb and it became a trademark of his work. The present bronze is a fine example and can be compared to the well-known After the Ball, a portrait of Adelaide Aurnheimer, which the sitter won as a prize for the best costume at a ball in 1897. In these seated portraits the ease and informality of the pose allows the artist to capture the evanescent charm of a privileged age.

Instead of modelling in clay, Troubetzkoy prepared his figures using a non-drying compound of clay and wax called plastilene. It gave his finished works a great impression of immediacy. The present bronze is no exception. Troubetzkoy’s fluid modelling technique can be seen here in the swift and confident manipulation of the material, leaving clear thumb prints to be seen in the folds of drapery around the base.

Also included in the sale is a standing portrait of the artist’s cousin, Princess Gagarina with her Child, from the same collection. It belongs to a group within Troubetzkoy’s oeuvre of mothers and children, depicted with a tenderness and simplicity quite distinct from the poise and glamour of his society portraits.

RELATED LITERATURE
J. Grioni, ‘Un ritrattista cosmopolita: precisazioni critiche e biografiche’ G. Piantoni et al., Paolo Troubetzkoy 1866-1938, exh. cat., Museo del Paesaggio, Verbania Pallanza, 1990, pp. 227-229; O. Wooton, Prince Paul Troubetzkoy: The Belle Epoque Captured in Bronze, exh. cat. Sladmore Gallery, London, 2008, pp. 6-15, no. 5

19th and 20th Century Sculpture Including Romantics to Deco: A Parisian Collection

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