In 1922 Tchelitchew was living in Berlin and produced a number of costume designs for the Cabaret Der Blaue Vogel. The former Bolshoi prima ballerina Catherine Devilliers was one of the few women in the artist's circle and was later the subject of a portrait in oils.
The sheet has been laid on a piece of card and the edges are covered by the mount. There is rippling at the edges, a repaired tear above the centre of the left edge and a loss below the centre of the right. In the centre of the top edge is a pinhole and an indentation from a pin. Several light scratches and abrasions to the surface have resulted in paint loss throughout the skirt of the dancer and the white circles are flaking slightly. Handling marks are visible at the edges and the sheet has discoloured in line with age. There is staining along the bottom edge and the odd spot of dirt in places. Held in a gold painted wooden 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."