Collection of Feodor Chaliapin Thence by descent Sotheby's London, Russian Pictures, 22 May 2002, lot 70 Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Kustodiev worked from June to August 1919 on the set and costume designs for The Power of the Fiend, an opera in five acts by Alexander Serov. The 1920 production at the former Mariinsky Theatre was directed by Feodor Chaliapin, who kept lots 65 and 66 for his personal collection.
The sheet has discoloured and the edges are slightly uneven, particularly the right hand side. There is a layer of surface dirt and handling marks along the edges. There are the remains of adhesive to the top edges on the reverse.Held in a gold painted frame behind glass. Unexamined out of frame. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."